Andretti uninjured after scary accident in Brazil
Marco Andretti escaped injury after being involved in a scary
accident at the start of the Sao Paulo Indy 300 on Sunday.
The car of Brazil’s Mario Moraes span and crashed on the back of
Andretti’s slowing car as they approached the first chicane after
Moraes’ car finished on top of Andretti’s and they slid tangled
for several yards. The bottom of Moraes’ car appeared to be
touching Andretti’s helmet.
It took more than five minutes for officials to remove Moraes’
car so the medical team could attend to Andretti, who eventually
was able to walk away from the scene.
Andretti was briefly taken to the medical center and then
The American driver said he slowed down because he could not see
in front of him as other drivers made contact approaching the first
turn and threw a lot of dust into the air.
“It’s obviously dusty,” he said. “I think if you have any
common sense, you’re not going to stay flat out if you can’t see
the car ahead of you.”
Moraes also said he couldn’t see much.
“The drivers were forced to brake before they were used to,”
he said. “It was a shame that this happened.”
There was extra dust at the Sambadrome straight because
officials had to add grooves to the concrete surface overnight
after drivers complained that the track was too slippery and
The track was washed several times, but they could not remove
all of the dust ahead of the race.
Former Formula One driver Takuma Sato, Scott Dixon, three-time
Indy 500 Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe also were involved in
accidents at the beginning of the race.
Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Mario Romancini, Alex Lloyd and
Hideki Mutoh also fell down the race order after incidents at the
2.6-mile, 11-turn Anhembi street circuit in South America’s biggest