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INDIANAPOLIS- Just six months ago, rookie Mikhail Aleshin stepped foot on United States soil for the first time in his 26-years of existence. The Russian made his way to the US via Moscow as a driver for Sam Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports. He said he had “no reason” to come to America before since he never had a ride here.
Now, he’s quickly trying to become...
Q. Jacques, why come back now after so long being away? I think it will be the longest period between starts for any driver?
JACQUES VILLENEUVE: There’s a few reasons. The first one, it’s also a question of opportunity. The opportunity came about with Sam Schmidt. We started talking not long ago, actually a few weeks ago. It all went fast. The discussions happened at the...
For the first time, a Russian will get behind the wheel of an IndyCar in 2014 as Mikahil Aleshin has signed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, joining Simon Pagenaud.
Aleshin has spent the last few years in lower formulas in Europe, most notably in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where he took the season championship in 2010. He also dabbled in Formula 2 and GP2 during that time...
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Indianapolis, IN- In some of the strangest news very early Friday morning, Sam Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports signed Russian Mikhail Aleshin to drive their second IndyCar Series entry in 2014. Aleshin replaces 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Tristian Vautier in the second SPM entry joining Simon Pagenaud.
The move is all around questionable and...
Baltimore, MD- Sam Schmidt has to be leaving the 2.04-mile street circuit of Baltimore as one very happy guy.
All of his drivers performed very well in the two series’ races this weekend.
First off, his drivers in the Izod IndyCar Series Simon Pagenaud and Tristian Vautier dominated the action Friday in the two 45-minute practice sessions. The rookie Vautier was the quickest while...
Sam Schmidt is content to wait another day before hiring a third driver for the Indianapolis 500.
The owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports told The Associated Press on Friday he has not hired a driver for the No. 99 car but might if his two other drivers safely qualify Saturday. Schmidt's other drivers are Simon Pageland, last year's IndyCar rookie of the year, and rookie...
Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier is stepping up to the IndyCar Series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
The signing announced Tuesday makes Sam Schmidt's organization a two-car IndyCar Series team. Vautier will team with Simon Pagenaud, last year's IndyCar rookie of the year.
The two French drivers worked together in December during a test at Sebring.
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2013
Townsend Bell has confirmed to The Associated Press that he will enter the Indianapolis 500 with team owner Sam Schmidt.
Schmidt filed a second entry for the May 27 race, but did not announce a driver.
Bell drove for Schmidt in the Indy 500 the last two seasons, and he will attempt to qualify the No. 99 Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports entry this time around. He'll have a Honda...
Via AP on Fox
May 03, 2012
Sam Schmidt Motorsports has hired Simon Pagenaud to drive in the 2012 IndyCar season.
The 27-year-old French native was a factory driver last season for Honda at the 12 Hours of Sebring and for Peugeot at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and made three IndyCar starts, replacing different injured drivers.
In 2006, Pagenaud won the Champ Car Atlantic title with Derrick Walker's team,...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2011
Frenchman Simon Pagenaud will be the driver of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) Honda-powered Dallara in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.