IndyCar » Aleshin hospitalised after practice accident


Schmidt Peterson Motorsport driver Mikhail Aleshin was airlifted to hospital to Friday night with multiple injuries following an evening practice crash.

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benignlyindifferent

August 30, 2014 11:23 AM

I watched the crash several times. As it spins it works its way up the SAFER barrier and then over the top. A great deal of energy was dissipated as the car disintegrated from being torn apart. But the driver pod did its job and while his injuries are serious they are not life threatening. I am certain the incident will be reviewed with the aim of improving safety but I think open wheel cars travelling at 200 plus mph will always be inherently dangerous. The time is near when they may wish to consider oval cars and road course cars. the disciplines are increasingly very different.

RDix

August 30, 2014 2:29 PM

Exactly why indycar shouldn't be racing on any oval outside if Indy that is more than a mile in length. Totally ridiculous yet I'm sure many of the 60 plus year old "fans" of indycar who think everyone should be an American sprint car driver will disagree with me. Mikhail is one of the most promising rookies to come along in a while and showed no fear on ovals yet this may turn him into the next Mike Conway. I hope he comes back next year but who knows after this.

theeagle

August 30, 2014 4:17 PM

Wishing Mikhail a speedy recovery. IndyCar is very dangerous on any oval/ speedway and not just Auto Club Speedway at Fontana (also Indy 500 etc) and any driver who crashes at these kind of speeds (basically the stuff of airplanes) can expect more than a few bruises and a bad headache. Not the first time and wont be the last. This is said with the greatest of respect to all drivers and all involved.

WBS

September 06, 2014 11:45 PM

RDix: Exactly why indycar shouldn't be racing on any oval outside if Indy that is more than a mile in length. Totally ridiculous yet I'm sure many of the 60 plus year old "fans" of indycar who think everyone should be an American sprint car driver will disagree with me. Mikhail is one of the most promising rookies to come along in a while and showed no fear on ovals yet this may turn him into the next Mike Conway. I hope he comes back next year but who knows after this.



Hes lucky it didnt turn him into the next Alex Zanardi

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