Castroneves escapes serious injury after stock car crash in Brazil (VIDEO)

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The Associated Press reports that IZOD IndyCar Series championship leader Helio Castroneves is okay after a practice crash this afternoon for a stock car race at Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

Castroneves, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, came away with cuts to his legs and also had neck and back pain following the incident. He left the wrecked car under his own power but was taken to a local medical center in an ambulance for precautionary measures.

His spokesman told the AP that Castroneves requires more tests on his neck and back before he can gain clearance from doctors to compete in Sunday’s Stock Car Brasil event.

A video of his incident can be seen above. Castroneves reportedly suffered brake failure on his car, causing him to hit a concrete barrier and then a tire barrier.

UPDATE (10:43 p.m. ET): Helio Castroneves has tweeted the following: “Thanks for the support. The pain killers make me fell [sic] good. The good news I didn’t break anything.”

Wide range of tire selections for Mexican Grand Prix

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The focus this week is on the United States Grand Prix from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, but because it’s Tuesday, the Pirelli tire selections for next week’s Mexican Grand Prix are also out.

And for once, there’s a wide variance in selections.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari have gone for a more balanced portion of supersoft and ultrasoft tires, with Red Bull only selecting six sets of ultrasoft tires.

Meanwhile all other teams have gone between eight to 10 sets of ultrasoft tires.

The full breakdown is below.