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.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.