Six cars were eliminated in a spectacular pile-up as the field took the green flag for the second race in Texas.
Six cars were eliminated in a huge crash at the start of this morning’s IndyCar race in Texas.
As the green flag flew to signify the the start of the race, Sebastien Bourdais was hit from behind by Pietro Fittipaldi, sending him into the car of Alexander Rossi.
In the ensuing chaos the cars of Ed Jones, Dalton Kellett and Conor Daly were also involved, with Daly launched into the air and landing upside down.
His car eventually finished right side up after digging into the rain-soaked grass on the infield, in yet another example of the safety advances the sport has taken in recent years, including the introduction of the aeroscreen that protects the drivers heads.
“It dug into the grass and flipped itself back over,” said former driver Paul Tracey on NBC’s coverage.
“These guys that had the aeroscreen, that’s a lifesaver because Conor was upside down right up against the wall.”
All drivers were taken to the infield medical centre and released shortly afterwards. Daly
“I think in general in IndyCar we definitely have too many start crashes,” Daly told NBC.
“We should probably look at that, there’s such an accordion effect, but honestly, it looked fine, everyone was accelerating, and I had the best view because I was last.
“You see it, but all it takes is one person, and then everyone is nose to tail.
“You can’t throw blame at anyone, all I know is being upside down isn’t fun, never had that happen in an IndyCar before.
“But I’m good, I’m alright.”
McLaren’s Pato O’Ward took his first IndyCar win, holding on by just over a second from Penske’s Josef Newgarden.
The 21-year-old Mexican earns an end-of-season test in Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 car for the victory, as part of a deal with team boss Zak Brown.
Three-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin rounded out a solid weekend with eighth place, coming just a day after he finished second on his oval debut.
Australia’s Will Power brushed the wall after a late-race restart, and finished 13th.
Kiwi Scott Dixon leads the championship with 153 points from O’Ward with 131.
McLaughlin and Power are equal eighth, 54 points adrift.
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