IndyCar - Aleshin in stable conditon after crash

FONTANA, CA - AUGUST 29: Track crews work on repairing the fence between turns 3 and 4 after a crash during final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship Race at the Auto Club Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Fontana, California. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ROBERT LABERGE)

- Russian rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin was in a stable condition Saturday after suffering head and chest injuries during a multiple-car crash ahead in practice for an IndyCar race.

Aleshin had already qualified when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night's schedule at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, 81 kilometres (50 miles) east of Los Angeles.

The 27-year-old from Moscow, who earlier this year became the first Russian to compete in the Indianapolis 500, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

IndyCar doctor Terry Trammell said Aleshin's injuries included "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries".