The 2023 Indy 500 was packed full of excitement and drama, but for race fan Robin Matthews, recollections of the event are likely dominated by the moment a tire was ejected out of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a crash. That tire found its way into the parking lot, colliding with Matthews’ 2012 Chevy Cruze. Luckily, Matthews will be compensated with a brand-new 2023 Chevy Equinox.
Per a report from local NBC News affiliate WTHR13, Matthews’ Chevy Cruze was totaled after a tire flew off Kyle Kirkwood’s race car, sending it sailing over the retaining fence, barely missing the packed grandstands. The tire continued into the parking lot outside Turn 2, where it collided with the front end of Matthews’ Chevy Cruze. Images from the scene show the headlight, hood, and fender crushed by the wayward racing tire.
“My car’s name is ‘Snowball,’ she took one for the team,” Matthews said.
Luckily, no one was injured in the incident. However, Matthews was nervous she wouldn’t have a ride after her car was taken away on a tow truck. Matthews said that her beloved Snowball was paid off, and that she simply wanted something she could drive to work without a car payment.
IMS President Doug Boles arranged to lend Matthews a 2023 Chevy Equinox after the race. Matthews apparently loved her new car so much, she worked out an arrangement to keep it indefinitely. The crossover’s new name? Snowball 2.
Matthews’ new 2023 Chevy Equinox includes a variety of motorsport-themed decals, including official Indy 500 logos and Chevrolet branding throughout.
“It’s just been truly a blessing to me and my family,” Matthews said. “Snowball was a 2012, I got a ’23. Never in a million years would I thought that they would provide me with something like this, but I’m very grateful and thankful and truly blessed and very grateful that nobody got hurt due to this incident.”