indy car crash

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Indy Car Crash

Scott Dixon poses with his family by his car after winning the pole for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott Dixon is congratulated by a crew member after winning the pole for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott Dixon holds up the trophy after winning the pole for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ed Carpenter waits in line to qualify for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter will start the race in the No. 2 spot. Alexander Rossi waits in line during qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500. Rossi, the defending champion, will start in third. Fernando Alonso waves to the fans after making his qualifying run during qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500. Alonso will start fifth in his first appearance in the event. Photographers shoot in the pits as pole winner Scott Dixon pulls in after his qualifying run during qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Buddy Lazier drives his car down the front straightaway during practice before qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Alexander Rossi drives through the first turn during practice before qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gabby Chaves drives down the front straightaway during practice before qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Fernando Alonso talk as Alonso waits in his car to make his qualifying run during qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Marco Andretti sits in his car as he waits in line to qualify for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Charlie Kimball during qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck walks the pit area during qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Helio Castroneves during qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sebastien Bourdais crashes and flips after a head-on crash into the wall during Saturday's qualifying session for the Indianapolis 500. The car of Sebastien Bourdais bursts into flames after a violent head-on crash. Ed Carpenter poses for a photo with his car after posting the top qualifying average Saturday. Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso sits on the wall waiting for his turn to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500. Jay Howard is congratulated by his wife Courtney after his qualifying attempt. A fan waves a Spanish banner during Saturday's qualifying session. Will Power waits for the start of Saturday's qualifying session. Alexander Rossi's crew rolls his car onto the pits before the start of qualifying. Rossi won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 in his first try. James Hinchcliffe gets a kiss from girlfriend Becky Dalton before his qualifying attempt. Helio Castroneves runs through the pits during Saturday's qualifying session. A look at the steering wheel of Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon ahead of Saturday's qualifying session. A weather alert warning is posted on the scoring pylon in the pits during a rain delay before the start of Saturday's qualifying session. Juan Pablo Montoya, left, talks with car owner Roger Penske before the start of the first day of qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rain falls on the yard of bricks ahead of Saturday's qualifying session for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Crew members push Tony Kanaan's car to the garage as rain delays the start of Saturday's qualifying session.
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Indy Car Crash

For Andretti, the promise of an improved season has turned into another one of dramatic disappointment and frustration. He finished seventh in the season opening race at St. Petersburg, 20th when the electronics on his car failed at Long Beach and 21st, three laps down, at last Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
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Indy Car Crash

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — French driver Sebastien Bourdais will have surgery Saturday night to repair a fractured pelvis suffered in a fiery crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Track officials said doctors at Indiana University Methodist Hospital reported that Bourdais has multiple fractures in his pelvis and a fractured right hip. REPLAY: @BourdaisOnTrack makes heavy contact with the turn 2 wall. #INDYCAR #Indy500 pic.twitter.com/z787DqkPwu — IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) May 21, 2017 Team owner Dale Coyne said in a statement that Bourdais is “in good hands” at the hospital and that the team must wait for him to recover. He was injured when the No. 18 car wiggled in the second turn, slid up the track and slammed head-on into the second turn wall. The car then flipped over, with flames and smoke billowing out, before skidding to a stop in the back straightaway. Safety team members spent about 10 minutes getting Bourdais out of the car before putting him on a backboard. Track officials said he was awake and alert when he was transported by ambulance to the hospital. They said he never lost consciousness. Bourdais had just completed two laps over 231 mph — the fastest laps of the day — when the car started to spin. He won the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Florida, and had the fastest time in Friday’s practice. Coyne will likely have to find a replacement driver for the May 28 race but may not have to make the decision before the second round of qualifying is held. Because only 33 cars are entered for the 500, any that do not qualify will be sent to the back of the field and will be arranged based on entrant’s points. One other driver, Zach Veach, also did not qualify Saturday. Veach crashed in practice earlier this week.
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Indy Car Crash

Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar driver Sébastien Bourdais had been one of the fastest drivers in practice, setting the fastest time of Fast Friday. He was on track to set the fastest Indy 500 qualifying run of Saturday, but crashed hard into the wall after completing only two of his four qualifying laps, flipping in the air.
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Indy Car Crash

Minutes after the crash that saw Bourdais’ car flipped over and on fire, Dale Coyne Racing crew members were wandering around the garage, eyes reddened and watery, smoking cigarettes as they paced back and forth. Many of them hugged. They seemed to know less about his status than media members.
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Indy Car Crash

Last year, the former Formula 1 driver made his first oval start at Phoenix and called this style of racing “crazy.” When reminded of that quote after Saturday night’s crash, Chilton said it was “maddening.”
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Indy Car Crash

Bourdais, 38, won the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he now resides with his wife Claire. He finished second in the next race on the streets of Long Beach before an eighth-place result in Birmingham. But he hadn’t completed more than three laps in the most recent two races, with an opening lap crash at Phoenix Raceway and a failed engine at the IndyCar Grand Prix here last weekend
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Indy Car Crash

Kimball collected Carlos Muñoz after his car spun Rahal around, and Mikhail Aleshin’s car was damaged in the whoops as well, per the commentary team. Fortunately, no drivers were hurt in the melee, and Rahal—who didn’t even notice Kimball back there—is already back on track.
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He was injured when the No. 18 car wiggled in the second turn, slid up the track and slammed head-on into the second turn wall. The car then flipped over, with flames and smoke billowing out, before skidding to a stop in the back straightaway.
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“I just know the spotter is yelling at me to go low, I went low and Chilton was spinning at me on the bottom so the only choice I had was to go above him, and when he released the brake pedal his car came back up the banking. All I could see is smoke.”
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Veteran Ed Carpenter, who posted the top qualifying spot in Saturday’s session, said, “It takes your breath away. It’s one of the biggest single-car qualifying crashes I’ve seen around here.”
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Bourdais was pacing near pole position, averaging 231.534 mph during his qualifying run, before he lost control of his vehicle in Turn 2 and smacking directly into the wall. Both tires on the right side of the car went flying and the body of the vehicle flipped over before landing right side up.

Published on Jul 6, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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