This weekend the IndyCar series will be without two of its drivers after a massive practice accident. Nelson Philippe and Will Power had a nasty coming together during practice for this weekends race in Sonoma California. This continues to highlight a rough summer for race drivers as we have suffered 3 racing fatalities and another two that have seen serious injury to competitors.
The accident happened at turn 3A which is a blind hill corner when Ryan Philippe spun for the second time and was then clipped in the nose by E.J. Viso. After Viso spun off track, Will Power then came over the crest and directly T-boned Philippe causing a shower of debris all over the race course. To me the accident had a very Paul Dana feel to it because it seemed as Power had absolutely no idea what was over the crest.
Thankfully both drivers have survived but not without a cost. Power suffered a broken back and Philippe has a fractured leg as result of the contact. Both drivers were reported as unconscious when the medical crews arrived at the disabled machines and both were promptly rushed to the hospital with Power by helicopter and Philippe by ground crew.
The drivers of the IndyCar series have asked that lessons be taken from this accidnet and blame the race course for the incident. The turn 3 area is a very fast corner that goes over a crest which makes part of the corner completely invisible to the driver.
Ryan Briscoe was quoted as saying: “I think we need to look at the safety over here and what can be done differently with spotting or whatever,” Briscoe said. “Turn 3 is a dangerous corner.”