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.”
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto