Alexander Rossi Nearly Runs Over Helio Castroneves' Head

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A bizarre and terrifying crash busted out at the IndyCar race at Pocono today, as this year’s Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi nearly drove over triple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves’ head. Everyone made it out unscathed...just.


Watch the crash here, as Rossi pulls out of his pit stall and into Charlie Kimball on the left of the screen. Rossi then careens over the top of Castroneves’ car. A later photo showed scratches possibly on Castroneves’ helmet, showing just how close Rossi’s car came to taking his top off.


Canopies, man. Anytime would be a good time.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Canopies, man. Anytime would be a good time.

I fear we’re still too far away from meaningful head protection. Personally I still think that something more like the red bull Aeroscreen is the best option (the reinforced rim should actually be stronger than a full plexi “fighter canopy”) to balance the needs of protection with the other limitations of a cockpit in a car that size, but that’s besides the point.

The problem is that we know the FIA won’t really do anything about it on their own. They try just enough to make it look good, but don’t try too hard, so when it fails they can say “we tried our best,” blame it on the teams, and move on. And like it nor not, we need the FIA to do it. IndyCar really can’t afford to do it from the ground up, honestly.

It would be too expensive to modify into an existing chassis so even if they had a proven FIA design to copy, they probably wouldn’t start mandating them until the next major redesign from Dallara. Even then, it’s kind of an open question if they have they can really afford the testing. Unless Penske and Ganassi offer to take up the smaller teams’ share of the pass-through cost, the answer is probably no.