Shortly after taking to the track for Indy 500 practice on Thursday afternoon, Simona de Silvestro was involved in a tremendous crash, which injured her hands and destroyed her primary #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car.
The Swiss racer was on her seventh lap of the practice session when sparks were seen trailing the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car for HVM Racing entering Turn 3 of the IMS.
The car made contact with the SAFER barrier between Turns 3 and 4, spun and rode the wall backward before making further contact with the SAFER barrier and lower portion of the catch fence in Turn 4 and then slid down the track upside-down with flames starting to envelop the chassis.
The IMS Holmatro Safety Team was on the scene within seconds to douse the flames and help the 22 year old driver.
After being taken to the track's medical centre, the official update came from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director:
"Simona de Silvestro is awake and alert, and being transported by ground to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation of second degree burns to her right hand and superficial burns to her left hand."
De Silvestro was released from Methodist Hospital at approximately 17h00 on Thursday afternoon and another evaluation will take place on Friday morning. In the meantime, the team is busy preparing the back-up car in preparation for her return.
A press conference will take place on Friday morning at 11h15 to provide an update on de Silvestro's condition.
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