- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Simona Crash

UPDATE 5-20 11:20am: Simona met with IMS and INDYCAR medical staff this morning and was NOT cleared to drive. Updates will follow...

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UPDATE: Simona De Silvestro has been released from Methodist Hopital and will meet with IMS and INDYCAR medical officials tomorrow.

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Just a few minutes into the first real practice since Monday, Simona De Silvestro became the first victim of the the Indianapolis Motor Speedway walls this month.

While exiting the 3rd corner on her 11th lap, De Silvestro's car had an obvious rear suspension failure sending her hard into the wall. While a couple feet in the air, the #78 entry made it's first contact by backing into the safer barrier, sliding through the chute the car got back up into the air again flipping upside down. After catching fire and slowing to a stop, the 2010 Rookie of the Year got out of the car and walked to a safety vehicle on her own.

Simona has been transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis via ground suffering second-degree burns to her right hand and superficial burns to her left.


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