Mario Andretti unhurt in testing crash. Indianapolis, Ind. (April23, 2003) -- Racing legend Mario Andretti was unhurt in a testing crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. With less than five minutes remaining Kenny Brack crashed between...
Mario Andretti unhurt in testing crash.
Indianapolis, Ind. (April23, 2003) -- Racing legend Mario Andretti was unhurt in a testing crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. With less than five minutes remaining Kenny Brack crashed between Turn 1 and Turn 2 with Andretti following behind him. Andretti then ran over debris from Brack's accident, becoming airborne, making contact with the outside retaining fence, flipping and landing on all four wheels. Before the accident Andretti had completed 82 laps with a top speed of 225.453 mph.
"I'm very lucky indeed," said Mario. "I didn't hit anything hard except for the debris on the track. It just happened so quickly. Something happened to Brack's car and he spun and hit the wall. There was debris all over the place and I had no warning whatsoever. It happened so fast there wasn't time for anyone to warn me. I was going for it obviously and I came off of Turn 1 at full throttle and all of a sudden there was debris everywhere. What I hit wasn't big but it was solid and it was able to launch me and then all I saw was sky. It is just one of those things. It happens and you know it is unfortunate because I feel worse about the car but I just couldn't avoid it."
Andretti was testing the car in preparation for qualifying on May 10 for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500. Andretti may be asked to qualify the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone if Tony Kanaan is unable to drive on the first day of qualifications. Kanaan suffered a radial fracture in his left arm battling for the lead of the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300.
"I don't have any second thoughts about being out here," said the 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner, Andretti. "It was just a freakish situation that I'm sure won't happen again. Up until the accident the day was awesome. We were working and learning things about the car and from my standpoint I surprised myself that I was back in the groove. We were only making small changes and the car was responding beautifully. All we needed was another three minutes and we would have walked away very happy."
Today marked the final day of private testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before opening day on May 4. Andretti Green Racing will be on the track this weekend, Saturday April 26, testing at Nashville Superspeedway with driver Dan Wheldon.