Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was hit in the arm by debris at the start of Saturday’s IndyCar 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.
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.
— Mayor Greg Ballard (@MayorBallard) May 10, 2014
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.GP of Indy, IndyCar