Wild Car Crash in Michigan International Speedway Sends Cars flying in the air

Tony Kanaan emerged the victor in the recent Firestone Indy 400 racing competition, beating Green Racing teammate Marco Andretti and Scott Sharp. Dario Franchitti however, still leads the series on 494 points, Dixon 470 and Kanaan on 413.

The race was more exciting than the usual, what with a spectacular seven car crash in the Michigan International Speedway that sent race cars flying to the air. The accident started on lap 144 of a scheduled 200 on the 2 mile oval after the wheels of Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon’s wheels touched each other on the backstretch at about 350 kmh (218 mph). Seconds later Wheldon’s car was seen flying in the air, while Franchitti’s car side flipped.

After Franchitti’s car flipped upside down, New Zealand’s Scott Dixon Dixon drove into and under the Scotsman’s flying car, almost getting hit. Thank goodness somebody invented the helmet. Dixon was supposedly on his way to his fourth victory.

Aside from the three famous racers, news also reported the involvement of A.J. Foyt IV, grandson of four–time Indy winner A.J. Fort Jr., three–time series champion Sam Hornish Jr., and former Michigan winner Thomas Scheckter.

“I had a very fast car today and I was just trying to stay ahead of Dan,” Franchitti was quoted as saying, “All of a sudden I found myself up in the air, backwards about 30 feet (about 10 metres) in the air. I was just hoping it wasn’t going to hurt when I came down.  I was just thinking, ‘Hang on tight.’ You’ve got the belts and the HANS (head and neck restraint) device and you’ve just got to hope they do their job. I’m a lucky guy.”

His mother, father and sister all came fast to the hospital to check if he was okay. He also said that he had called his wife actress Ashley Judd to tell her he wasn’t injured.

“Man, we were really lucky,” Foyt said.

Lucky guys indeed, because spectacular as the seven car crash was, no racer was injured.


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