Insane IndyCar Crash Takes Out Half The Grid

Motorsport

Only eight cars crossed the finish line in one piece.

Another week, another insane IndyCar crash has happened. Last weekend’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway was a scene of mass carnage when nine cars were involved in an insane pileup effectively taking out half the grid. The accident happened on lap 154 when driver James Hinchcliffe became sandwiched between Tony Kanaan and Mikhail Aleshin’s cars, sending Hinchliffe slamming into the wall and causing a chain reaction crash involving nine cars, leaving only 11 cars remaining when the race was restarted.

Three two-car teams, Ed Carpenter Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing, were taken out in the chaotic crash as multiple cars span out of control spraying sparks and debris across the racetrack. One car also burst into flames, but thankfully no one was injured - every driver was given the all-clear after medical checks.

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Hinchcliffe was involved in a separate pit lane incident and had worked his way up to fifth place before the crash happened. Rival racer Chip Ganassi suggested that Hinchcliffe was at fault as he should have lifted when he became entangled with the other two cars. Hinchcliffe replied simply saying he found the accusation “adorable.” Tony Kanaan was later found to be at fault and was penalized for avoidable contact. Only eight out of 22 cars in the race successfully crossed the finish line in one piece. It seems like there's a major IndyCar incident every week - only a couple of weeks ago Scott Dixon was involved in one of the most spectacular racing crashes we’ve ever seen.

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