The only thing most people seem to know about rookie Mikhail Aleshin is that he's the first Russian driver in IndyCar history.

Aleshin could soon be known more for where he's headed than where he's from.

Aleshin, a Moscow native, has adapted to North American open-wheel racing faster than many had anticipated.

He's coming off back-to-back seventh-place finishes for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and is now 15th in the points chase heading into the Grand Prix of Houston later this month.