Fan crushes Chevrolet to get new car after tire blows in Indy 500

A race fan is prepared to receive a new car after his Chevrolet was damaged by a flying tire at Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

In the final stages of the race, Kyle Kirkwood’s car collided with Felix Rosenqvist’s after Turn 1 and 2.

It flipped Kirkwood and one of his tires flew over the fence and fans into a grandstand corner, crushing the front left side before landing on a car in the parking lot.

On Wednesday a spokesman for Penske Entertainment, which owns IMS Track and the IndyCar Series, told the Indianapolis Star The company will give a new car to Indianapolis native Robin Matthews.

Matthews told the Star, “I didn’t see it coming down.” “I came down, and he said, ‘Robin, it’s your car!’ I thought not.’ I thought someone was playing a joke on me. It’s a car. This is right.”

Matthews’ damaged Chevrolet was later pulled from the parking lot and given the gift of kissing the yard of bricks, a tradition usually saved for the winner of the race.


Robin Matthews’ car was damaged by a tire flying over the stands at the Indy 500.
Screengrab via Twitter/@@AndrewKossack

He was received by IMS President J. Also got a ride home from Douglas Bowles.

IndyCar owner Roger Penske spoke Monday of his confidence that an investigation would follow after the incident and that they were “very lucky we didn’t have any bad accidents.”

“I saw what happened, it bounced over a building and went over there and hit a car, which is obviously very worrying,” Penske said, adding that a wheel hadn’t come off in a long time. ,

The race was stopped under a red flag after the collision, as Kirkwood spun upside down after turning against the wall.

“All I know is that I was standing on the fence, which is never a good thing in IndyCar,” Kirkwood said on Sunday. “Thank God these cars are so safe. I saw sparks flying everywhere. That’s the scary part. You’re inverted and you’re trapped at that point.

Winner Joseph Newgarden, a Penske driver, explained that there are “wires on the wheels”, which were added in the 1990s to prevent such an incident after race fans died.


A tire at the Indy 500 flew off a car and hit a fence.
A tire at the Indy 500 flew off a car and hit a fence.
Twitter / @DavidWamberg

A car's tire flew into the stands at the Indy 500 on Sunday.
A car’s tire flew into the stands at the Indy 500 on Sunday.
Twitter / @DavidWamberg

Indycar acknowledged that one person was treated for injuries from debris from the crash, but there were no injuries from the flying tyre.

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