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IndyCar's Aleshin returns to WEC for rest of season

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IndyCar's Aleshin returns to WEC for rest of season
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Sep 22, 2016, 9:12 AM

Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin will join LMP2 team SMP Racing for the final three rounds of the 2016 World Endurance Championship.

#27 SMP Racing BR01 Nissan: Nicolas Minassian, Maurizio Mediani, Mikhail Aleshin
#27 SMP Racing BR01 Nissan: Nicolas Minassian, Maurizio Mediani, Mikhail Aleshin
Start: #37 SMP Racing BR01 Nissan: Maurizio Mediani, Nicolas Minassian, Mikhail Aleshin, Kiriil Ladygin leads the field
Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

Aleshin, 29, will drive the #27 BR01 prototype in six-hour races at Fuji, Shanghai and season finale venue Bahrain.

He will partner team regulars Maurizio Mediani and Nicolas Minassian, having already teamed up with the duo in the Le Mans 24 Hours, where the #27 finished fifth in class.

"I'm happy to be back behind the wheel of the Russian prototype BR01," Aleshin said. "This car is our baby, which we raised and tuned from the beginning of 2014 and continue to do so today.

"I am glad to end up in a Russian team again and with familiar teammates. There's three rounds to go, during which we'll try to showcase our abilities and entertain the fans by delivering strong results."

Aleshin drove the BR01 in last year's ELMS campaign, finishing on the podium in three races, and also put the car on pole for this year's Daytona 24 Hours.

He's completed his second full season in IndyCar last weekend, finishing 15th overall in the standings.

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Series WEC
Drivers Nicolas Minassian , Maurizio Mediani , Mikhail Aleshin
Teams SMP Racing
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy