CHAMPCAR/CART: Australia race red-flagged for huge crash

The CART Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise Australia was halted just after the green flag for a massive accident on the starting straight. The race was started in a steady rain and the starters in the first few rows got away cleanly from the green ...

The CART Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise Australia was halted just after the green flag for a massive accident on the starting straight.

The race was started in a steady rain and the starters in the first few rows got away cleanly from the green flag, with Bruno Junqueira getting the lead from pole-sitter Cristano da Matta in the first turn.

However, behind them, Jimmy Vasser and Adrian Fernandez made contact and spun, following cars becoming part of the collision due to poor visibility from the spray from the leaders' tires.

Fernandez and Tora Takagi were removed from their cars and transported to area hospitals for x-rays and further examination, Fernandez complaining of back pain and Takagi suffering a possible pelvic fracture. Their contact was the most serious, with Takagi's car landing on top of Fernandez', roll bar to roll bar.

None of the drivers had life-threatening injuries and all the other drivers are expected to be medically cleared for the restart.

A large number of cars were involved in the accident, some of them severely damaged. Vasser's and Takagi's cars both came to a stop upside down with major damage. Michel Jourdain, Jr., Michael Andretti, Mario Dominguez, Christian Fittipaldi, Patrick Carpentier, and Alexandre Tagliani were also involved in the crash and most are preparing backup cars for the full restart.

The race will be shortened to 50 laps and restarted under a yellow flag.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Tora Takagi , Michel Jourdain