A crash at the Indy 500 sent a tire flying through the fan-filled grandstand: NPR

Kyle Kirkwood, the top driver, overturned after crashing in the second turn during Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Kyle Kirkwood, the top driver, overturned after crashing in the second turn during Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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During Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, a multi-car crash left fans worried, creating a heart-stopping moment in one of America’s most important races.

Video Posted on social media Shows driver Felix Rosenqvist crashing into Kyle Kirkwood. During the crash, one of Kirkwood’s tires breaks and launches him into the air and over the fence separating the track from the grandstand.

The tire missed the seats filled with spectators and landed on a parked car. ESPN reported. No injuries were reported to drivers or fans.

After the tire flew, Kirkwood’s car crashed into a wall. flipped over And the sparks flew and slid down the track.

“Good for everyone, just disappointed. We thought we could win today,” he said said in a tweet.

Auto racing is the most popular sport in America, but it doesn’t come without danger for drivers, crews and fans.

At the 1987 Indy 500, a fan named Lyle Kurtenbach was killed in a crash when one of the cars broke a tire, flew into the stands and hit him. As stated therein Indianapolis Star. Kurtenbach, 41, was celebrating a family reunion.

The track’s retaining fence was later raised from 15 feet to 19 feet, eight inches, the newspaper reported.

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Over the years, there have been auto racing fans were injured And in rare cases were killed When crash debris lands in spectator areas.

In the early 1970s, the US Auto Club was the sanctioning body for the Indy 500. Made changes To improve driver safety after multiple fatalities on the road, such as reducing the size of a car’s gas tank.

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