Wikipedia: Mikhail Aleshin
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Mikhail Petrovich Aleshin is a Russian professional racing driver and the 2010 champion of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Aleshin competed in karting from 1996 to 2000. Since 2001 he has taken part in various international open wheel series. On 14 April 2007 he became the first Russian driver to win a major international single-seater race when he won the opening round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season at Monza. He then deputised for the injured Michael Ammermüller in the ART Grand Prix team at the second round of the 2007 GP2 Series season, becoming the second Russian after Vitaly Petrov to race in the series. He remained in FR3.5 for 2008, taking his best finish in the championship so far despite not winning a race.
He joined the relaunched FIA Formula Two Championship for 2009, driving car number 15. He finished third in the championship, with a single win coming at Oschersleben.
Aleshin returned to Formula Renault 3.5 for the 2010 season, partnering Jake Rosenzweig at Carlin. Scoring three victories, he became the champion of the series. He tested for Renault F1 in the young drivers' test in Abu Dhabi and stated that he was confident for a Formula One drive in 2011, but did not obtain one.
Aleshin remained with Carlin to drive in 2011 GP2 Series and 2011 GP2 Asia Series, the team's first season in the category and Aleshin's first attempt at the series since 2007. He was partnered by Max Chilton, another driver who had previously been employed by Carlin in lower formulae. He endured a frustrating Asia series, afflicted by technical problems which left him last in the drivers' championship, before announcing that he did not have a budget to compete in the main series, and would henceforth be stepping back to the ATS Formel 3 Cup. He then, however, secured a last-minute temporary GP2 deal with Carlin, only to crash in qualifying for the first round of the season in Turkey, injuring metacarpals in both hands which prevented him from racing. He returned to action for the following round of the championship at Catalunya, but was then replaced by Oliver Turvey as his money ran out. After eight races on the sidelines, he returned to racing action with Carlin at the Hungaroring. He was replaced again by Parente for the season finale at Monza, and finished 32nd and last in the overall standings.
In 2014 Aleshin began racing in the IndyCar Series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
|5 August 2015||Mikhail Aleshin to Test and Race with SPM at Sonoma; Jack Harvey to Participate in Sonoma Test||Monica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport|
|30 August 2015||Two Top Ten Finishes for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at Sonoma||Monica Hilton, Bryan Herta Autosport|
|9 December 2015||Mikhail Aleshin to Drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2016||Monica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
|9 July 2016||Aleshin to Start Ninth for Iowa Corn 300||Monica Hilton, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
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