Indy 500 red flagged as car is flipped upside down and wheel flies over fence

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    The Indy 500 has been red-flagged after following a horrifying crash between Felix Rosenqvist and Kyle Kirkwood which sent a wheel flying over the safety fence and towards the crowd.

    It started when Rosenqvist lost his car and hit the wall. As his damaged car spun around, he was struck by Kirkwood’s vehicle. Kirkwood was flipped it upside down with one of the wheels spearing into the air and incredibly over the safety fence.

    TV pictures suggested the wheel luckily missed the grandstand, which was packed with thousands of fans, and ended up in a car park. According to the US commentary team, the wheel struck a white car, adding that no injuries had been reported.

    Social media footage then emerged showing damage to a white car in the car park (see below). Rosenqvist and Kirkwood thankfully emerged from their cars unscathed.

    The race was eventually restarted with 10 laps to go, only for there to be another red-flag-triggering crash involving 2022 winner Marcus Ericsson and Pato O'Ward. The latter got out of shape as he tried to pass Ericsson and struck the wall hard. O'Ward was eliminated on the spot, but ex-F1 racer Ericsson was remarkably able to continue.

    Amid the carnage, O'Ward's stricken car was struck by Agustín Canapino, who was also forced into retirement too. Again, both driver escaped unharmed.

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