Luyendyk OK after Spectacular IROC Crash in Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN: Only two laps into the IROC race held yesterday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Arie Luyendyk became victim to one of the most spectacular crashes in IROC...
Luyendyk OK after Spectacular IROC Crash in Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN: Only two laps into the IROC race held yesterday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Arie Luyendyk became victim to one of the most spectacular crashes in IROC history.
Fellow IROC competitor Tommy Kendall bumped the outside wall in turn four, which pushed him into Luyendyk's #9 orange Pontiac - sending Luyendyk flying into the new energy absorbing barriers recently added to the inside wall just before pit lane entrance. The force of the collision caused Luyendyk to lose consciousness and as he rebounded off the wall and headed across traffic - he was narrowly missed by the rest of the IROC field.
The accident, while destroying the majority of Luyendyk's vehicle, scattered enough debris that the red flag was issued and the race was stopped for clean up and repairs to the other IROC competitors. Burton, Gordon, Earnhardt and Kendall all suffered minor body damage as they drove through the scattered wreckage of Luyendyk's #9 car.
After taking several moments to cut him out of the car, Luyendyk regained consciousness and was awake and alert as they transported him to Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis for further x-rays and evaluation. The PEDS (Polyethylene Energy Dissipating System) barrier in turn four did a spectacular job as Luyendyk only suffered a mild concussion and a few minor bumps and bruises. He was released from Methodist earlier this morning with a clean bill of health and a plane ticket to Holland to see his family.
Quote from Arie Luyendyk:
"I feel just fine actually. I'm just bruised here and there, but it's nothing that won't go away soon. I have a little bit of a headache or a heavy-headed feeling, but that is normal after being knocked out. It was really too bad. I was looking forward to this. It could have been one of the most fun races of the year. To run at Indianapolis in one of these cars in front of such a large crowd - I was looking forward to it.
"I never expected to have such a big shunt in an IROC car! We were traveling pretty fast and because the car was so heavy - the impact was hard. I was really happy that the barrier worked as well as it did, but I really didn't want to be the first one to try it out. Everyone at the hospital was great, and I think I am ready for Colorado!"
*Correction to Thursday's release: Luyendyk's next race will be the IRL race at Pike's Peak International Raceway on August 16. It is not an IROC race. Indianapolis was the last race on the IROC campaign.
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