Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was rushed to a hospital in serious condition after a horrifying crash in the final practice session for the series season finale at Fontana Friday night.
Aleshin, the first Russian driver in IndyCar history, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. The Russian driver suffered broken ribs and a broken right collarbone along with a concussion and chest injuries, an IndyCar spokesperson said.
On Saturday evening, Aleshin’s condition was upgraded to stable after he underwent medical treatment.
At least three drivers played a role in the crash in Turn 4, which left a gaping hole in the catch fence and a wheel wrapped in the twisted wire after Aleshin’s car collided with Charlie Kimball before violently flying up against the wall in a shower of sparks.
Kimball improbably escaped serious injury, walking away from his wrecked car while Aleshin was removed on a stretcher.