The very first Baltimore Grand Prix wrapped up this weekend with Will Power taking the top of the podium, but some of the most intense action of the event happened before the green flag ever dropped. During practice laps Sunday morning, Helio Castroneves before turn one. While we can imagine that being airborne in a race car is a terrifying experience, being run over by one can't be a walk in the park either.

Miraculously, both drivers were unscathed in the dustup, and Kanaan went on to take third place with a backup car in the main event. While the video of the crash is nail-biting through and through, we've got to say this is the first time we've heard an IndyCar announcer compare anything on track to "The Dukes of Hazard." Click past the jump to check it out.



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      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always cool to see the drivers run out of there cars to check on the driver.
      joe_monaco
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had just picked up my tickets a block from Turn 1 where this happened, and then saw both cars being towed away down the track. Castroneves' car was entirely crushed along the side, and it was amazing they both unhurt. The track marshall to the side there had a pretty close call as well. Kanaan went to take advantage of the pile-up at the hairpin during the main race to get into position for his 3rd place finish. Exciting and thankfully safe racing.
      JAY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The guy in the white cover-alls @ the 20 second mark has got to be THE LUCKIEST man alive
        Karl T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JAY
        It's a (SCCA) corner worker. If you look, he was never on the outside of the white line, and Tony never never crossed the white line. That position is a typical one for (us) to stand in a street race where there is an access point, especially if blue flagging. SCCA corner working is a great view of racing.
          otay90
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Karl T
          Flying cars don't recognize white lines. That's a ridiculous place to be positioned.
      nuclearboy2020
      • 3 Years Ago
      all i've got to say is "damn!"
      RSS007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dukes of Hazzard..... more like FreeJack. Sort of. I didn't watch the race, but boy was that boring commentary. Lol
      Erzhan Kz
      • 3 Years Ago
      A sign of true sportsmanship. Screw the race and the car, go and check other driver. +1 for him. -1 for the officials. The driver of the other car had time to remove his steering wheel, take off his belts, get out and still be there before anyone.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erzhan Kz
        Helio has always been a class guy despite his temper. What I loved is when he went after the press after he was acquitted of all tax evasion charges because of the way they were trying to make him look bad.
        Dallas Van Wyk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erzhan Kz
        For what it's worth, a driver needs to be able to exit his or her car in a very, very short amount of time. In Formula SAE, it's 5 seconds from being fully belted in to having both feet on the ground, and that includes removal of the steering wheel. I'm not sure what the rule is for Indy, or if there is one, but driver egress is certainly a very high concern in the design of a race car. Not saying that you are incorrect or that the officials weren't slow to arrive, just that drivers can remove themselves more quickly than one might expect.
        musikhut
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erzhan Kz
        These were practice laps so I don't imagine they had the full track crew out there.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @musikhut
          The full track crew is always out there during any type of event during the race weekend.
        HydraulicDragon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erzhan Kz
        If they were to have officials every 20 feet along the track, how many people would they have to pay? Remember, some tracks are using their own employees.
      squngy
      • 3 Years Ago
      That wouldn't be a Toyota by any chance would it? :D:D:D
        J.D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @squngy
        No, just another stupid American that can't work out which pedal is the brake and which is the accelerator...
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @J.D
          You're a sad little man aren't you? Aw poor fella. Here's a cracker. Back to bed.
          stevenh
          • 3 Years Ago
          @J.D
          too bad you don't even have 1% of driving skills that these guys have.
          musikhut
          • 3 Years Ago
          @J.D
          Actually Tony Kanaan is Brazilian.....not American.
          Rich M.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @J.D
          actually tony kanann is from brazil, but i get what your saying. i say they should stop making automatics all together and make people learn how to drive again. what did automatics do but make people hold the steering wheel at 12 o'clock with their left hand so they can flash their oversized flavor flav wrist watch which prevents them from using their turn signals cause its too much work to move the hand from its perched position.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      pjchilds
      • 3 Years Ago
      One glaring problem with the headline... These are IndyCars, NOT Formula One Grand Prix cars.
        Chase
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pjchilds
        No, there is no problem with the title. Only a glaring problem with your ego. The event was called the Baltimore Grand Prix and it had ALMS, Star Mazda, and F2000 in addition to Indycar.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pjchilds
        Grand Prix is French for grand prize. Lots of sporting events use the term.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pjchilds
        F1 cars are called F1 cars. Not Formula 1 Grand Prix cars. Grand Prix also doesn't refer to motorsports. It is a designation of a sport involving multiple countries. I forget which event, but there's a tennis event that is called a "grand prix".
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't that what racing is all about? Getting a "jump" on the competition?
      mike m
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The only video you need to see from the Baltimore Grand Prix"- wonderful heading and perhaps a great sign pointing out the reason why Autosport in the US is more Monster Truck and less Formula One (though one's coming, my bet is that unless it's filled with car flying into walls and each other, it won't last).
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mike m
        It won't last. Not because no crashes, but because there's so little action on the track. Formula One can't bring the level of action that the existing sports car series we have bring and those can't break into the mainstream either.
          musikhut
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Don't know what you're watching but I've seen a lot of really good Indy and F1 races. A lot depends on the track layout. There are a few with too many short straights and too many corners where passing is really difficult. I believe this is the 1st time Baltimore's sponsered a race so they're on the learniing curve for the layout. . By the way, this was an Izod/Indy car race, not F1.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mike m
        Right on.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's Dukes of Hazzard. Glad to see they're both okay.
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