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Russian IndyCar rookie Mikhail Aleshin proves to be quick study

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    IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin looks on during track testing, Friday, June 13, 2014, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. All anyone in IndyCar seems to know about Aleshin is that he's Russian, the first in fact, in series history. But the Moscow native is coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes and could be primed for rookie of the year honors if he keeps improving. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)The Associated Press

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    IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin sits in his car during track testing, Friday, June 13, 2014, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. All anyone in IndyCar seems to know about Aleshin is that he's Russian, the first in fact, in series history. But the Moscow native is coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes and could be primed for rookie of the year honors if he keeps improving. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)The Associated Press

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    IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin looks on during track testing, Friday, June 13, 2014, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. All anyone in IndyCar seems to know about Aleshin is that he's Russian, the first in fact, in series history. But the Moscow native is coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes and could be primed for rookie of the year honors if he keeps improving. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)The Associated Press

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.