Aleshin Hurt In IndyCar Crash
FONTANA, Calif. — A hard crash into the turn-three fence by Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Mikhail Aleshin has sent the driver from Russia to Loma Linda University Hospital where according to Dr. Terry Trammell, IndyCar Medical Consultant, Aleshin was diagnosed with fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries.
He was admitted to the hospital and listed in serious but stable condition.
Aleshin was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center after he was involved in a multi-car accident during final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Charlie Kimball, the other driver involved in the incident, was checked and released from the infield care center and was cleared to drive.
This year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay drove through the debris and said it looked like the car was tore up near his feet.
“It’s the superspeedway thing with the fence and the ‘cheese grater situation.’ It’s scary,” Hunter-Reay said. “I hope he’s all right. It’s a scary deal. I saw him pass the wheel from the outside of the track to the inside.”
Aleshin, a first-year driver for SMP Racing, was racing around the two-mile oval when he got low on the track near the apron and spun out. As his car drifted up the banking Charlie Kimball’s car was unable to avoid him and T-boned Aleshin’s racing machine. The impact sent Aleshin’s car airborne into the fence where it dug into the wire meshing sending the car into two or three spins. The front wheel assembly was lodged into the fencing and the pole before Aleshin’s car came back onto the track.
Marco Andretti’s car narrowly missed Aleshin’s car as that driver spun out to avoid making contact with the injured driver.
“I saw smoke but man it’s hard to slow down from 220 (miles per hour). I almost crashed myself and ended up spinning to the inside and missed the wall but my concerns are with Mikhail right now,” Andretti said. “I didn’t see exactly how it hit because I was trying to slow down. I almost got hit by the safety vehicle but I wasn’t looking so that was my fault.”