Did Mikhail Aleshin Hack IndyCar’s Timing and Scoring System to Secure his First Pole?

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Back on Saturday, August 20th, 2016, Mikhail Aleshin earned his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series pole position start at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, with a 2-lap average qualifying speed of 220.445 miles per hour around the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

Aleshin, 29, hails from Moscow, Russia, and is known by many in the IndyCar paddock as “The Mad Russian.” Given the recent accusations of Russia interfering via hacking in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, is it possible that Moscow’s Aleshin could have hacked into IndyCar’s precision timing and scoring system to rig the system to show that he had the top speed of all of the qualifiers for the race to secure himself his first ever IndyCar pole?

No, is isn’t. Not at all. Not a chance. None, whatsoever. Sorry.

But if I had said it was, would you have believed me because I said so and you read it on the Internet, or are you educated enough to distinguish real news from fake news? Hopefully you are, and if not, hopefully this article shows you why it is important to confirm facts and such before you jump to conclusions on any issues, whether they are related to politics, sports, or other things.


-Asher Fair