- May 20, 2011
Simona De Silvestro goes airborne at Indy, suffers second-degree burns
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.