Simona De Silvestro crashes while practicing for Indy 500 – Click above to watch the video after the break

Simona De Silvestro, a 22-year-old female Swiss racer, went airborne, flipped a few times, slid hundreds of feet upside-down and was engulfed in a massive fireball when the right rear wheel of her Dallara chassis separated itself in the middle of a turn during a practice run for the Indy 500.

Thankfully, Silvestro wasn't seriously injured in the accident, though she did suffer second-degree burns to both hands. Track crews and safety personnel rushed to her assistance and put out the blaze. She had reportedly been clocked at speeds well over 200 miles per hour just prior to the accident.

Yes, there is video, and you can find it after the break. Here's hoping Silvestro gets medical clearance to take part in the actual race on May 29.



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      Michael Campasini
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hope she still races at indy i would love to see her win, she is a better driver than danica.
      Von Pinto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to be stepping on any journalistic balls or anything, but after watching that video WAY too many times, it looks less like a wheel coming off as it does a left rear suspension failure. If you watch frame-by-frame of the video, right before De Silvestro makes initial contact to the wall, the left rear suspension appears to be compressed/partially collapsed already. Either way, she definitely shows some promise, and I wish her a quick recovery, and an even quicker back-up car.
        MarsMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Von Pinto
        Wheel didn't fall off for sure; you can see all four as the car is up-righted. Looks to me like something caused the diff to lock up. She didn't stomp on the brakes-no smoke from front tires-and the rear of the car wants to keep going in a straight line. As the guys are flipping the car over, on guy grabs the RR tire and it doesn't rotate. My 2 cents.
      bouljf
      • 3 Years Ago
      This girl is unlucky with fire. Didn't she burn her hands in Texas last year?
      foci
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best wishes to Simona and the whole HVM team. I hope to see you in your back up car tomorrow, owning the track.
      stratosrally
      • 3 Years Ago
      IMHO, her removalof her helmet, gloves and walk to the safety vehicle seemed pretty steady and decisive considering the events... she's made of tough stuff, that one.
      lionsfan54
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rough day for Honda and fuel leaks huh?
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh man, this is bad news. I think she's got the chops to go further than Danica Patrick in open-wheel racing, but it looks like with just nine days to go, she may be out of this year's 500. Sucks.
        slicecom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Well it wouldn't really be hard to go further than Danica Patrick in open-wheel racing... Actually I'd say she already has, since she has way more than Danica's single win over her entire car racing career. I hope Simona can still make the race.
      Silly Pickle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geez Loiuse!!! She hits the wall at 200 mph, goes half way around the track...and walks away...and you guys (AB) are feeling sorry for her hands? I think she'll be ok! Crap...my dog did a sudden stop last year and his leash, of all things, just happened to hook the handle bar on my bike and I went flying off, in the rain, into a puddle...at maybe 5 mph....and I couldn't walk for a week (took the bull horn on the handle bar right in the knee - took a chunk out to the knee cap like a donut punch, real nice!), and it took at least 3 months 'til it was healed up properly. Took me almost that long to walk the 3 blocks home. My only safety equipment was the air bag above my belt, which unfortunately doesn't offer much in the way of protection in a fall over the bars...from now on, I'm walking the dog in an Indy car . Simply Wow...amazing...
      Glenn Smooth
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you look close you can see her painting her nails and talking on the cel phone. ha! but seriously, damn.. she's lucky to be alive. I think Indy cars need a full-on automated self-fire-extinguishing system that would engulf the entire car in foam or something. They always burst into flames on impact.
      Johnny_Se7en
      • 3 Years Ago
      She looks dazed walking to the SUV. Too bad about her car, hopefully they can fix it and she will be read for the race.
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