Mikhail Aleshin in massive shunt at Fontana

Mikhail Aleshin was involved in a massive accident in final practice for the IndyCar Series decider

Mikhail Aleshin was involved in a massive accident in final practice for the IndyCar Series decider

Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin slammed into the catch fencing in a terrifying accident during final practice for the IndyCar series decider at Fontana.

As teams took the the track for the evening practice run following qualifying earlier in the day, Aleshin’s car pitched into the air and ripped a gaping hole in the fencing.

It appeared the Schmidt Peterson driver steered below the white line before spinning and collecting Charlie Kimball (Ganassi Racing).

Kimball escaped the horror shunt without injury however Aleshin was transported immediately to Loma Linda University Medical Centre  hospital.

The damaged section of catch fencing at Fontana

The damaged section of catch fencing at Fontana

IndyCar put out a brief statement saying that Aleshin was conscious and had suffered injuries to his right shoulder and right foot.

Other drivers described the impact as being akin to a ‘cheese grater’.

Aleshin had qualified eighth for tomorrow’s 250-lap race.

Ryan Briscoe (Ganassi Racing) topped the practice run ahead of team-mate Scott Dixon with Team Penske’s Will Power third fastest.

Helio Castroneves who had earlier set a blistering two-lap average to top qualifying was sixth fastest.

Kimball’s team have set about building up a spare car for the Californian driver.

Track workers are now left with a major repair job ahead of the MAVTV 500.

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VIDEO: Aleshin accident

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