Sebastian Saavedra to replace Mikhail Aleshin for next two IndyCar races

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has announced Sebastian Saavedra will return to the seat of its #7 car for the next two IndyCar races

Sebastian Saavedra to replace Mikhail Aleshin for next two IndyCar races

The Colombian, who stood-in for Aleshin in Toronto (pictured), will join James Hinchcliffe at Pocono this week and Gateway the following weekend.

Saavedra's other IndyCar event this year was racing for series debutant Juncos Racing at the Indianapolis 500.

Saavedra said: "I am very excited to be back with the SPM organisation.

"It's another late call to jump in, but I take it with pride after a promising start to our relationship in Toronto [finishing 11th].

"Looking forward to a challenging event as the Tricky Triangle [Pocono] can be, and supporting Hinchcliffe in his pursuit of championship points."

General manager of SPM, Piers Phillips added: "Delighted to have Sebastian back with the SPM team following what was a very encouraging performance at the Toronto event.

"He is experienced and competent, and I have no doubt he will contribute to the overall performance of the team.

"We're heading to Pocono full of confidence as a team and we're looking forward to hopefully seeing Sebastian and James at the front of the pack."

Following the two oval races, IndyCar's season finishes up with rounds at Watkins Glen and Sonoma, with Mercedes DTM racer Robert Wickens expressing an interest in the #7 seat for those rounds as he eyes making his series debut.

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