Aleshin working to resolve visa issues
23 June 2017 – Mikhail Aleshin is in a race against time to compete at this weekend's Kohler Grand Prix at Road America, amid visa issues, with Robert Wickens named as his substitute.
Russian driver Aleshin has been unable to return to the United States from France after taking part in last weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Wickens, who races in the DTM touring car series but recently tested IndyCar machinery, will take over Aleshin's #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda for at least Friday's sessions.
"Since competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with SMP Racing last weekend, Mikhail Aleshin has been unable to leave France due to immigration issues preventing him from returning to the United States," read a statement issued by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
"The executive team at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has been working diligently on Aleshin's return to America to compete in this weekend's KOHLER Grand Prix.
"However, at this time, the Russian driver will not arrive to Road America in time for any on-track sessions scheduled for Friday, June 23."
It continued: "The team have elected for Canadian Robert Wickens to pilot the No. 7 car until the immigration issue is resolved.
"No further comments about Aleshin's immigration status will be given at this time; the team will send further communication when an update is available."
Wickens tested IndyCar machinery earlier this year as part of a car swap with fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe, with both outings filmed.
Video: Wickens tests Hinchcliffe's IndyCar