Aleshin airlifted to hospital after violent crash
30 August 2014 – Russian rookie Mikhail Aleshin has been airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in California after a violent impact with the track's debris fencing in the final practice for tomorrow's MAVTV 500.
Aleshin was conscious when he was extracted from the car following the incident, complaining of pain in his right shoulder and foot.
The crash came in the final practice of the weekend – a 30-minute nighttime session after qualifying to simulate race conditions (the race starts on Saturday a little over an hour after the practice session started tonight).
Aleshin had just completed a lap of 215.303mph when he lost control of the car on the inside line. He slid up the track and collected Charlie Kimball into the SAFER Barrier, and in doing so, his car went airborne and into the catch fencing.
The fencing, which was severely damaged after the incident, kept the car inside the limits of the track, but it also spun Aleshin's car violently before it came to rest on the track. Kimball was treated at the infield care center and is cleared to drive tomorrow, but Aleshin was airlifted a short time later.
The 27-year-old from Moscow had qualified eighth for tomorrow night's season finale, which matched his best result on an oval this year. Kimball will start P6.
Further updates will be provided as IndyCar releases more information.