IndyCar rookie Mikhail Aleshin will not take part in the season-ending MAVTV 500 at Fontana after being injured in an enormous accident in final practice at the superspeedway.
Running on the two-mile oval resumed after Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session, but proceedings were brought to a halt after Aleshin – who had qualified a sterling eighth-fastest – dropped it into Turn 4, steering below the apex before spinning into the path of Charlie Kimball’s Chip Ganassi Racing entry.
The pair was sent into the wall, with Aleshin’s Schmidt Peterson Hamilton entry violently ripping a huge hole in the chainlink catch fencing. Marco Andretti and Sébastien Bourdais were also caught up, spinning their cars in avoidance.
While a shaken Kimball was fortunate to emerge without a scratch from the smash, Aleshin wasn’t as fortunate, complaining of pain in his right shoulder and foot. He was quickly transported to the nearby Loma Linda University Medical Centre, who ruled him out of any further participation after diagnosing the Russian with fractured ribs, a broken right collarbone, concussion and chest injuries.
Doctors reported that Aleshin’s condition remained ‘serious but stable’.
Aleshin has had an inconsistent rookie season in the IndyCar Series, claiming a podium and six further top-ten finishes in his Honda-powered DW12. He has, however, had a number of accidents as well, where all five of his DNFs have come from crashes. He was hit from behind by Sébastien Bourdais in Alabama, rammed Sebastián Saavedra’s stalled car at Indianapolis, and then went on to have two collisions with Takuma Sato (at Houston and Iowa), followed by a frightening collision at Toronto with Juan Pablo Montoya’s Penske in which he was lucky not to be injured.
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