Most Intense Crashes in The History Indy Car

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Indy Car, also known as the Indy Racing League, was originally founded in 1994. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, it first became affiliated with ACCUS-FIA in 1996 and has absolutely exploded in popularity ever since. Much as with other auto racing leagues, Indy Car has not been without its fair share of crashes. A few of these crashes in particular are notable for being among the wildest and most intense in the history of the organization to date.

Fatalities – As of 2014, there have only been four fatalities in official Indy Car races over the twenty years of its history. These have included Scott Brayton, who sadly passed away in a crash during a 1996 Indianapolis 500 practice session on May 17, 1996.

Tony Renna also unfortunately passed during a testing session on October 22, 2003. Paul Dana passed away during a crash at the 2006 Toyota Indy 300 on March 26, 2006.

Perhaps the most notable of these four fatalities was also the most recent. Dan Wheldon crashed in a high profile collision during the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championships on October 16, 2011. He died soon thereafter.

Kenny Brack – One of the most intense crashes in Indy Car history happened when Kenny Brack was behind the wheel. In an October 2003 race at TMS, Brack’s car was thrown into the air while heading down the backstretch and slammed into a pole. During the collision and the fire that followed quickly thereafter, the car essentially melted before the eyes of viewers everywhere. The cockpit that Brack was riding in was thrown across the track in the collision, making it an incident that fans will remember for the rest of their lives. Luckily, Brack survived, albeit with multiple fractures.

Davey Hamilton

Davey_HamiltonDavey Hamilton was involved in a similar incident at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2001. Hamilton’s crash began when another driver, Jaret Schroeder, lost control of his own vehicle while going around a turn. Schroeder quickly lost control and spun into the car that Hamilton was driving. Hamilton’s car quickly slammed directly into a nearby wall before bouncing back out onto the track and spinning completely around multiple times. A few other notable drivers were involved in the crash, including Sarah Fisher.

The injuries that Hamilton suffered during the crash were so severe, particularly to his legs and feet, that doctors were insistent that amputation would be the only way to save his life. Hamilton soon retired from Indy Car and underwent 23 operations over the next several years to regain the use of his legs and feet. He spent a full year in a wheelchair while he tried to recover and reportedly didn’t stand again for a full five months.

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