While attending motorsports events can be an exhilarating experience for most, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous the sport is beyond the barricades. Unfortunately, one owner of a Chevy Cruze was reminded just how fast things can change when high speeds are involved.
According to a report from IndyStar, during the Indy 500 race last weekend, a collision between two racers caused a wheel to be ripped off of one of the IndyCars. After bouncing off the track and flying over the crowd at turn two of the race track, the rogue tire found its way into a parking lot and hit a Chevy Cruze.
“I didn’t see it come down,” Cruze owner Robin Matthews was quoted as saying, “I came down and they said, ‘Robin, its your car!’ I thought, ‘No.’ I thought somebody was pranking me. It’s a car. It’s fine.”
“I was in this turn,” one fan was quoted as saying. “Hugely relieved everyone appears to be ok. Watching a wheel fly over my friends at 150 miles per hour is not an experience I’m anxious to repeat.”
— Andrew Kossack (@AndrewKossack) May 28, 2023
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured as a result of the flying tire, albeit one spectator did receive treatment at the infield medical center with minor injuries related to flying debris.
So what of the smashed Chevy Cruze? Well, Penske Entertainment has stated that it will provide Matthews with a new vehicle.
In regard to the Indy 500 itself, this incident occurred with less than 20 laps to go. After a red flag that halted the race following the crash – and another two red flags after that – Josef Newgarden managed to take home the win by beating Marcus Ericsson in a one-lap shootout.