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Mikhail Aleshin
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Country

Flag of Russia.svg Russia (Start of career-2014)
Flag of Poland.svg Poland (2016-)

Born

May 22, 1987

Mikhail Aleshin (born 22 May 1987) is a Russian racing driver who represents Poland in Celebrity Family Feud and Ben and Toad's Contest.

Injuries

At the 2014 MAVTV 500, Aleshin suffered life-threatening injuries in a practice at Auto Club Speedway. As a result, he almost died from his injuries but was still hospitalized in Indianapolis.

IndyCar

In the 2014 season, he is the first driver originally from Russia to ever compete in the IndyCar Series. His best result in 2014 was 2nd at Houston, to his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate Simon Pagenaud.

In 2015 he only ran the last race at Sonoma; having the same date as the weekend a year ago when he suffered injuries at Auto Club.

In 2016 he nipped his first ever IndyCar pole for the Poland national IndyCar team at the 2016 ABC Supply 500; but the race was postponed until Monday due to rain so if Aleshin had advanced to the third round of Tommy Davidson vs. Kristi Yamaguchi and Dave Foley vs. Jalen Rose he would have played after the race. He led the most laps in Pocono and Mid Ohio; but almost won at Pocono and Mid Ohio.

In 2017, Aleshin was one of only six seeds (Aurorus, Dragonite, Larvesta, Ed Jones and JR Hildebrand the others) to advance to the third round in Kelly Clarkson vs. Amy Schumer and Bindi Irwin vs. Chrissy Metz. Aleshin was replaced at Toronto by Sebastián Saavedra and lost his ride on August 12 and therefore released from his team. Two other drivers replaced him in the last four rounds.

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