Video: IndyCar got lucky a fan was not killed in Kirkwood accident

–by Mark Cipolloni–

A wheel was ripped off of Kyle Kirkwood’s car after a crash during Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. The wheel flew by the spectator stands and hit a parked white sedan in an adjacent parking area.

If the tire had flown into the grandstand, the world would have been talking about the fatality at the 2023 Indy 500 instead of Josef Newgarden winning his first Indy 500.

During the last 14 laps, driver Felix Rosenqvist hit a wall, causing him to spin out of control and onto the track.

Immediately, Kyle Kirkwood came up from behind and clipped Rosenqvist. The contact ripped the rear left tire from Kirkwood’s Andretti Autosport Honda which flew into the air and narrowly missed the spectator stands.

The rest of Kirkwood’s car spiraled out of control and flipped upside down. Kirkwood was unscathed from the accident.

A video posted on Twitter showed the tire had landed on someone’s white Chevrolet sedan.


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