IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe was unhurt in an accident at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night that saw his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda go airborne and come to a rest on the infield grass.
Briscoe, who was filling in for an injured James Hinchcliffe in Fontana, was battling for position on the inside lane with Ryan Hunter Reay. Team Chevy’s Juan Pablo Montoya appears to clip Hunter Reay’s outside right corner as he turns in, sending Hunter Reay’s car sliding across the track and taking Briscoe’s car with him. As Briscoe began to slide backward, his car caught air and hit ground violently before coming to a complete stop.
The accident was reminiscent of the airborne crashes at the Indianapolis 500, which raised concerns about the aerodynamic properties of this year’s cars. Luckily Briscoe was unhurt in the incident and appeared relatively unaffected in a post-race interview.
“With a lap to go, in our position, I had some momentum coming down the front stretch,” said Briscoe. “I was going to take that low line into 1 and 2 and felt like we were going to come home with a top three, for sure. Unfortunately, Hunter-Reay got turned around, I had nowhere to go and she went flying. Thankfully, I’m all right and no big deal. Now we look forward to the next one.”
Check out the video of the Briscoe’s wreck in the video below. The Australian will climb back behind the wheel of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda on July 12th for the ABC Supply 250 at Wisconsin.