Indy 500 Driver’s Tire Hits Sedan after Flying off Automobile

  • A tire was ripped off of Kyle Kirkwood’s automotive after a crash throughout Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
  • The tire flew by the spectator stands and hit a parked sedan.
  • At the least two spectators have been killed by a flying tire within the historical past of Indy 500.

Indy 500 spectators on Sunday had a quick scare after a crash triggered a tire to fly off a driver’s automobile and barely miss the spectator stands earlier than touchdown on somebody’s parked white automotive.

Over the past 14 laps, driver Felix Rosenqvist hit a wall, inflicting him to spin uncontrolled and onto the monitor.

Instantly, Kyle Kirkwood got here 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 remainder of Kirkwood’s automotive spiraled uncontrolled and flipped the wrong way up. Kirkwood was unscathed from the accident, in line with an NBC Sports activities broadcast of the incident.


A video posted on Twitter appeared to indicate the tire had landed on somebody’s white Chevrolet sedan.

—Andrew Kossack (@AndrewKossack) May 28, 2023

Indy 500 drivers put themselves at appreciable danger as they attain speeds over 200 mph. However viewers members also can face some hazard, albeit on very uncommon events.

At the least two spectators in Indy 500’s historical past have been killed by an errant wheel, in line with Indy Motor Speedway.

In Might 1938, spectator Everett G. Spence was killed whereas watching the race on prime of a truck within the monitor’s infield, in line with The Indianapolis Information. The newspaper reported that the wheel and rim indifferent from driver Emil Andres’s automotive and hit Spence within the head whereas he was sitting subsequent to his spouse.

In 1987, one other spectator, Lyle Kurtenbach, died of head accidents after a wheel from Tony Bettenhausen’s automotive hit one other automobile and was then despatched flying into the air, hitting Kurtenbach, The Los Angeles Occasions reported.

Following the deadly incident, the fence was raised from 15 toes to 19 toes, 8 inches, in line with The Indianapolis Star.

A spokesperson for the occasion didn’t reply to a request for remark despatched over the weekend.