FONTANA, Calif. — Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been upgraded to stable condition after undergoing a procedure for a chest injury from his horrific crash during a practice session for the MAVTV 500.
IndyCar announced Aleshin's improvement Saturday before its season-ending race at Fontana. Aleshin was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday night after his car flew and spun into the air in Turn 4 at Fontana.
The Russian driver's car spun up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball, and Aleshin's car ripped a large hole in the catch fencing.
Aleshin was taken from the track in an ambulance and airlifted to the hospital, where he was admitted in serious condition with broken ribs, a broken right collarbone, a concussion and an unspecified chest injury. Aleshin is 15th in the points standings.
Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner Will Power entered Saturday night's double-points finale leading the series with 626 points, with Penske teammate Helio Castroneves second at 575.
Castroneves started from the pole, while Power had to go off from the back of the field after a dismal qualifying run. Neither driver has ever won the series title. The race was not over at press time. Go to tampabay.com for the results.
NATIONWIDE: Kevin Harvick led the final 159 laps to beat Joey Logano and win the wreck-free Great Clips 300 in Hampton, Ga. Harvick took the lead on Lap 37 for his third win.
TRUCKS: IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani starts his first trucks race on the pole today after his track-record lap of 80.558 seconds (109.889 mph) in qualifying for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Bowmanville, Ontario. Rookie Gray Gaulding started second (109.301) and Erik Jones will start third (109.269).
NHRA: Tony Schumacher leads Top Fuel qualifying at the U.S. Nationals at Brainerd, Minn. Schumacher (3.748 seconds, 328.54 mph) leads Steve Torrence going into today's qualifying. Other leaders: Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle).