Helio Castroneves walked away from the scary wreck under his own power.
INDIANAPOLIS - Today, the first on-track accident during Indy 500 practice this week has taken place and it was a big one. Helio Castroneves spun out of the first corner and backed his No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet into the wall. The car then lifted off the ground and flipped completely over.
After flipping through the short chute, the car came to a rest on all fours in the second corner. Castroneves emerged from the wreckage under his own power. IndyCar officials confirmed that he was uninjured after being checked, cleared and released from the infield medical center.
Helio returned to the track with just ten minutes left in today's practice session and posted a lap of 226.670mph.
Roger Penske spoke about the incident, saying that he doesn't believe any kind of failure caused the car to go into a spin.
"The car was really good and I am very blessed. Unfortunately I still do not understand what happened. 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. I'm counting on my guys, my boys, to put the car back together and go back to work."