Castroneves unhurt after scary crash

Helio Castroneves has walked away unhurt following a crash in the South Chute that sent his Shell V Power Chevrolet/Dallara airborne.

The Brazillian spun in the end of turn one and crashed into the barrier before the rear of the car lifted off the ground. The car backflipped through the air about 15 feet off the ground before coming to rest upside down on the pavement and flipping back over right side up.

The Holmatro Safety crew arrived on the scene and Castroneves walked out of the car under his own power and was taken to the infield care center. He was checked and released from the care center and was cleared to drive.

“Unfortunately I still do not understand what happened,” Castroneves said. “I got loose in turn one and spun out. The good news is the impact wasn’t very strong and the landing was smooth as well.”

“In all aspects, I have to say I was very lucky there was no big shunt. The accident was most impressive, but the good news is I am feeling very good. This just set us back one day since it is Wednesday. The good news is we still have Thursday and Friday before qualifying.”

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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