The motorsport world held its breath when IndyCar star Colton Herta flipped his car upside down in a scary aerial crash.
There were scary scenes during final practice for the Indianapolis 500 when IndyCar star Colton Herta rolled his car end-over-end in an aerial crash.
With 25 minutes remaining on “Carb Day”, Herta lost control of his Andretti Honda, sliding rear-first into the barrier before the car spectacularly flipped over and slid down the track upside down.
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The safety team came to his aid within seconds and Herta walked away from the crash uninjured, although he is yet to be formally cleared to drive in the race on Monday morning (AEST).
“Well first off I’m fine,” he tweeted.
“More importantly we’re moving to the backup car and will be ready to race Sunday. Thank you to everyone at the medical centre and of course the on track safety team.”
Viewers were shocked by the scary crash and were glad to see Herta walk away unscathed.
“I think I was going a little too fast for that corner,” Herta said after the crash.
If he is cleared to race in the Indy 500, Herta will have to drive a back up car since the Andretti Autosport’s vehicle was all but destroyed in the crash.
“A little sad for that race car,” the 22-year-old said.
It was the first major crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in which a car landed upside down since the advent of the aeroscreen — a cockpit safety device that was introduced to IndyCar two years ago.
“Thankful for a lot of things,” Herta said.
“I guess the aeroscreen is part of that. More so the safety crew and I guess just the durability of the side pods on the side structure of the cars. That was a big hit from the side.
“Yeah, the safety crews were there very fast flipping me back over.”
Herta qualified 25th for the Indy 500 and won’t have to drop to the back of the 33-strong field under IndyCar rules. A back up car will be salvaged from his wrecked vehicle.
“I think we were loose because it just rained, and the track was green,” he said.
“I think the biggest thing was this session we weren’t going to make any huge revelations in the car. We weren’t going to go from a terrible car to a winning car.”
Herta, who won the Indianapolis Grand Prix two weeks ago, has a development contract with McLaren and has been touted as a the next American to drive in Formula One.