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.”