Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is seen at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway event in March 2014. (Photo: IMS)

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is seen at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway event in March 2014. (Photo: IMS)

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was hit in the arm by debris at the start of Saturday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Ballard was waving the green flag to indicate the start of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis when pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra was hit on the front straightaway by Carlos Munoz and then Mikhail Aleshin.

The high-speed impact sent debris flying in several directions.

A massive crash at the start of the GP of Indy destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

A massive crash at the start of the destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

According to the IndyStar, an unidentified object struck Ballard in the elbow, said mayoral spokesman Marc Lotter.

Lotter said Ballard was treated at the scene for minor scrapes and bruising, but did not require stitches. The mayor left the track after the incident to watch the race from home.

Saavedra was looking to achieve a good start after scoring his first career pole position, but instead was left as a sitting duck when his car stalled on the grid. Most of the field managed to avoid Saavedra but Munoz and Aleshin plowed directly into the rear-end of Saavedra’s car.

Luckily, none of the drivers involved were injured in the accident.

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