This is so frightening. The Indy race car driver crashed his car during practice for the big Indy 500, and it wasn’t pretty. Click to WATCH the shocking crash go down.
How terrifying! Ed Carpenter, 34, horrifically crashed his car during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 17. The car brutally crashed into a wall and flipped. Is Ed OK? Shockingly, this isn’t the first awful crash to happen during practice for the big race next week.
Ed Carpenter’s Car Crash At Indianapolis 500 Practice
The crash occurred when Ed spun into the Turn Two wall and his car flipped over before finally coming to rest on its side. As a precaution, he was checked by medics on the scene at the track’s infield medical center.
Miraculously, Ed walked away unscathed from the accident. However, qualifying for the big race was delayed as a result.
Despite his close call with death, Ed was relaxed about the incident in an interview with ESPN after the crash.
“It caught me by surprise,” Ed said. “I wasn’t expecting to swap ends. The car was actually feeling pretty good, better than it did yesterday. Things are a little unpredictable right now.”
Ed’s crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was very similar to his CFH racing teammate Josef Newgarden, 24, who lost control, hit a wall and flipped his car during a practice on May 14. Just a day before, Helio Castroneves, 40, also survived a crash that sent his car airborne.
Indy 500: The Biggest Concern? Safety
The latest round of crashes has raised concerns about the safety of the sport. However, Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of IndyCar, assured everyone that driver safety is of the utmost importance.
“This morning we saw a third car get into the wall, turn backward and lift into the air. We’ve said all along we want to go faster, but we want to do so safely,” he said in a statement. “Safety for drivers and fans is the top priority for IndyCar and we will continue to be proactive in our research and development to improve all safety aspects of our sport.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about this latest Indy 500 crash? Should the race be postponed?
— Jon Boon