Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin to return to IndyCar nearly 1 year after injuries from crash

Mikhail Aleshin will return to IndyCar competition nearly a year after he was injured preparing for the 2014 season finale.

Aleshin will drive the No. 77 Honda for SMP Racing in the Aug. 30 season finale at Sonoma Raceway in California. He will also test the car Aug. 20 as a warmup.

The Russian suffered a concussion, chest injuries, fractured ribs and a broken shoulder when he crashed during practice Aug. 29 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. He was treated in Indianapolis but eventually returned to Russia to recover.

SPM also will use the test to get Indy Lights driver Jack Harvey some seat time. He'll split the test session with Ryan Briscoe.