WATCH: IndyCar driver Briscoe uninjured in 210 mph airborne crash
Ryan Briscoe managed to walk away unscathed after going airborne late in Saturday’s IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
The Australian was battling for a spot inside of the top five, going about 210 mph, when he was hit by Ryan Hunter-Reay, sending his car backward and airborne. Shortly after slamming to the ground, Briscoe gave two thumbs-up and pulled himself out of the race car. Hunter-Reay was also uninjured in the crash.
"With a lap to go, in our position, I had some momentum coming down the front stretch," said Briscoe. "I was going to take that low line into 1 and 2 and felt like we were going to come home with a top three, for sure. Unfortunately, Hunter-Reay got turned around, I had nowhere to go and she went flying. Thankfully, I’m all right and no big deal. Now we look forward to the next one."
The crash was caused by high-speed pack racing — a result of the new aero package. Although it meant a fantastic show for the fans, it had several drivers questioning IndyCar’s decision-making due to the safety concerns.
Briscoe is subbing for James Hinchcliffe, who suffered life-threatening injury in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18.
Veteran IndyCar reporter Bruce Martin contributed to this report.