Two Indy 500 crew members were hit by a stray car on the pit road during this weekend’s annual Indianapolis 500 race. According to an update provided by DB Techno News this Monday, May 25, 2015, the incident took place when no less than three cars tried to zoom out of the exit pit at nearly the exact same time. Both male crew members involved in the scare suffered minor injuries, though one of the men was taken to a nearby hospital due to right ankle pain.
Although the Indy 500 race is one of the capstones of the automobile racing world and a fun highlight for many fans, it can still be a dangerous sport. Yet for most aficionados, that possibility of danger is all part of the experience and thrill. The yearly event takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, during Memorial Day weekend. Some details on this Sunday’s incident have not yet been released, but both crew members struck by the car are expected to make a full recovery.
The problem appears to have arisen when too many cars attempted to drive out of the exit pit road at once. Pippa Mann’s car slammed into James Davison’s, which left Davison careening toward the pit crew of Tristan Vautier. The trio of drivers are all participants of the Dale Coyne Racing team. The identities of the crew members have been disclosed as Daniel Jang and Greg Senerius.
On social media site Twitter, IndyCar on NBCSN posted this announcement yesterday. “Daniel Jang, the other Coyne crew member, has been transported to Methodist for further evaluation. Right ankle injury. #Indy500 3:05 PM – 24 May 2015.”
According to Fox Sports News, Greg Senerius was treated at the scene of the minor accident by on-hand medical staff. After a short time, he was cleared of any serious injury and allowed to return to the maintenance pit. Jang, however, suffered damage to his right ankle and was taken to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. One of the racecar drivers, James Davison, later opened up on the incident, calling the entire ordeal an “unfortunate situation” that left crew members hurt and stole valuable time from the team.
“Unfortunately I got sent out there at the same time Pippa was coming and we made contact and it sent us into our second team car,” Davison shared via ESPN. “Just a very unfortunate situation.” As a result of the stray incident, Davison’s car received significant damage from the crash, and he was unable to finish the race. The winner of the 2015 Indy race was Juan Pablo Montoya; this is his second impressive victory of a promising career.
The unlucky encounter that left two of the crew hit was caught on video and has already been viewed online thousands of times. That wasn’t the only accident that occurred on or near the racetrack this weekend. Driver Tony Kanaan was seen slamming hard with less than 50 laps left in the Indy 500, which once again left his dreams of winning the popular event in the dust for the second time. What did you think of this year’s race?