IndyCar’s Mikhail Aleshin released from Indianapolis hospital

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Some very good news to report from the IndyCar world: Mikhail Aleshin was released today from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to continue his recovery from injuries sustained in a big practice crash at Auto Club Speedway on Aug. 29.

Aleshin did not compete in the next day’s season finale, the MAV TV 500, after being diagnosed with a concussion, chest injuries, fractured ribs, and broken clavicle.

The Russian was taken to Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center and remained there until he was transferred to Methodist on Sept. 9.

Following the transfer, Aleshin was evaluated by INDYCAR medical consultants Dr. Terry Trammell and Dr. Kevin Scheid, as well as doctors at Methodist. INDYCAR also reports that he underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right shoulder.

“I’m feeling better each day,” Aleshin said in a series release. “I’m very happy to be back in Indianapolis with my friends and the team. The doctors are taking very good care of me.

“Everything is going as planned with my recovery, and before you know it I’ll be back behind the steering wheel.”

Aleshin will remain in Indianapolis to continue rehab work under the consultation of INDYCAR medical personnel.

In his crash, Aleshin lost control and spun into the path of the oncoming Charlie Kimball. Following their initial collision, Aleshin’s No. 7 Honda went over Kimball’s No. 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and into the catch fence; the impact tore a giant hole in the fencing at Turn 4 and left behind a wheel tangled in it.