Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the remainder of the season with SMP Racing.
Aleshin made his IndyCar debut in 2014 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports before moving into the WEC with SMP Racing for 2015.
The Russian driver returned to IndyCar for 2016 once again with Sam Schmidt’s team, finishing the year 15th in the drivers’ standings with a best finish of second at Pocono.
Aleshin will now draft back in to the SMP Racing No. 27 BR Engineering Nissan for the remaining three races of the season in Fuji, Shanghai and Bahrain.
Aleshin previously teamed up with Maurizio Mediani and Nicolas Minassian at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for SMP Racing, finishing seventh in the LMP2 class. Mediani and Minassian have raced as a two-man team for the past three WEC rounds.
“I am happy to be back behind the wheel of the Russian BR01 prototype,” Aleshin said.
“The car is our baby that we’ve helped raise since 2014 and I’ll continue this work.
“There are still three races left this season, for which we’ll try to deliver strong results for the fans.”
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”