Massive crash mars the start of the IndyCar Indianapolis Grand Prix 8 years ago

Massive crash mars the start of the IndyCar Indianapolis Grand Prix

After qualifying in pole position for the Indianapolis Grand Prix at the weekend, Sebastian Saavedra just couldn’t get his car off the line in time and caused a massive wreck.

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It’s every racecar driver’s dream to start a race at the top of the grid, but unfortunately for Sebastian Saavedra, who placed 1st for the first time in his career, his ‘happiest moment’ turned around pretty quickly at this year’s IndyCar Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Speaking to his fans on Twitter, Saavedra said: "Hard to describe. Happiest moment can turn around pretty quick. At the end is never giving up and keeping your head up. Long season ahead."

After the red lights went out Saavedra’s car stalled on the grid leaving him dead in the water. A number of quick reacting drivers were able to avoid Saavedra’s car but he was eventually hit from behind by the cars of Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin. Thankfully, none of the drivers were injured.

In an interview, Saavedra said he didn't know what happened.

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"As soon as I released the clutch, it went from 11,000 rpm to zero.”

Here’s another angle of the crash…

Video via @wadelintz

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