A fan whose automotive was smashed by a tire that went flying through the Indianapolis 500 is getting a brand new experience, courtesy of the observe proprietor who occurs to be one of many nation’s greatest auto sellers.
Penske Entertainment is changing Robin Matthews’ 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway informed The Indianapolis Star. Matthews additionally was given a number of distinctive experiences to make up for the inconvenience: kissing the “Yard of Bricks” on the end line and posing for images with the tempo automotive, a Chevy Corvette Z06 convertible. She received a experience residence in an official Indy 500 automobile whereas her white Cruze, nicknamed “Snowball,” was towed.
Matthews’ automotive was struck by the left rear tire of Kirk Kirkwood’s automotive, which spun out and flipped 17 laps from the end. Although the tire missed the grandstands, one fan was handled for minor accidents brought on by different particles.
“Hugely relieved everyone appears to be OK,” tweeted creator John Green, who was sitting close to the place the crash occurred. “Watching a wheel fly over my friends at 150 miles per hour is not an experience I’m anxious to repeat.”
Roger Penske, who purchased the speedway and IndyAutomotive collection in 2020, mentioned he and his workforce have been investigating why Kirkwood’s tire indifferent. IndyAutomotive makes use of tethers designed to maintain wheels from flying off in a crash. The morning after the race — gained by considered one of Penske’s drivers, Josef Newgarden — he talked to officers from chassis producer Dallara in regards to the crash.
“I talked to the Dallara guys, and we’re going to look at it,” Penske informed reporters. “We have tethers on those [wheels], and I’ve never seen a wheel come off of those. That, to me, is probably the scariest thing, and we’ve got to fix that so it doesn’t happen again. Our technical guys are going to have a look at it.”