Indy car driver flips car, walks away from crash

Indy car driver flips car, walks away from crash

INDIANAPOLIS (RNN) - Helio Castroneves crashed spectacularly in Indianapolis during a practice session on Thursday.

Castroneves' car went airborne while sideways, which was a problem recent changes to the car were designed to prevent, according to USA Today.

The Brazilian racecar driver walked away from the crash uninjured. Medical personnel on the scene examined him in his car then at an emergency medical site at the facility.

Castoneves was given a clean bill of health at the racetrack and returned to practice.

He had the fastest lap of practices at 227.514 mph. Castoneves is a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. This year's Indy 500 is May 24.

The crash was captured from three points of view; camera from the press box, as well as the two cameras mounted to his car.

Josef Newgarden crashed the day after Castrovenes on Thursday in a similar manner. His car flipped after hitting the wall and spinning backward. He had run 204.928 mph on the lap before the wreck.

He also was uninjured.

Castroneves' car was equipped with a wicker bill, a device intended to increase downforce on the car. Following his crash, IndyCar had them removed and Newgarden's car didn't have one.

Mobile users, to see the Castrovenes video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQZ0mnJKllU

To see the Newgarden video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THfIvk628eo

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