Big wreck in final IndyCar practice at Fontana

(IndyCar Photo/Chris Owens)
(IndyCar Photo/Chris Owens)

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was taken away from the track in an ambulance and airlifted to a hospital Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.

Aleshin was conscious and alert, but had injuries to his right shoulder and right foot. He was taken to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center.

At least three drivers were involved in the crash in Turn 4 at Fontana, which had a large hole in the catch fencing and a wheel wrapped in the fence after Aleshin’s car violently flew up against it.

Aleshin spun when he went below the white line in the turn. The Russian driver slid back up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball in a shower of sparks and smoke, sending Aleshin’s car flying into the catch fence while spinning.

Debris was strewn all over the track as safety personnel gathered around the wreck of Aleshin’s car. He was removed on a stretcher.

The IndyCar series finale is scheduled for Saturday night.

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