There was a scary moment Friday night involving rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin, and ESPN.com provided some details:
"Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been taken away from the track in an ambulance after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale."
Greg Beacham of SFGate.com confirmed he was in stable condition.
A number of drivers were involved in the wreck on Turn 4 at Fontana.
Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star passed along the shocking video, initially posted by Eric Sturrock:
The good news is that Aleshin was conscious and complaining of shoulder and foot pain, but he was in the car for a few minutes before he was eventually removed and taken out on a stretcher. He was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center in the immediate aftermath.
Aleshin spun out on a turn and ended up colliding with Charlie Kimball. The collision sent Aleshin into the fence while he was spinning, which sent debris and smoke from his car throughout the track. There was a noticeable hole in the fence afterwards.
The IndyCar series finale was originally set for Saturday night, but Aleshin’s status remains very much in the air. More important than the weekend’s competition is the health of Aleshin, especially considering the magnitude of the wreck and the fact that he was carried out in a stretcher.