Rookie Martin Plowman tweeted a scary image after the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The No. 41 A.J. Foyt Enterprises car may have made it through the opening lap carnage in Indianapolis unscathed, and the Brit was able to drive it home to an 18th place finish. His helmet, however, tells a different story.
Helmet damage from start. I got very very lucky. I tested the safety of the new carbon fiber strip today. pic.twitter.com/fjC9yqZfPC
— Martin Plowman (@Plowey) May 10, 2014
The damage to Plowman’s helmet was caused by a piece of flying debris from a crash at the starting line of the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Sebastian Saavedra stalled from pole position on the grid and was hit by two cars from behind.
A piece of debris from the collision also flew off and hit the arm of the Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard, who was waving the green flag.
Later in the race, James Hinchcliffe was forced to retire after suffering a concussion due to a piece of debris hitting his helmet.
Carbon fiber strips, such as the one that was tested here in Plowman’s accident, may soon be made mandatory in the IndyCar series.
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