The bad news through the first half, roughly, of the 2015 international racing season is that there have been several major and severe looking accidents.
The good news is that in all of the above accidents, the drivers involved emerged almost completely unscathed and would race another day. Of the accidents, Busch was sidelined nearly half the year but returned to the track in May.
Here’s a rundown of the biggest thrills and spills thus far, from the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series, FIA Formula 1 and the Verizon IndyCar Series:
- NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jamie McMurray’s spin triggers a large crash at Daytona
- F1: Sauber’s Felipe Nasr has front-end impact in Canada
- IndyCar: Ryan Briscoe survives horrific end-over-end accident in Fontana
- NASCAR Xfinity Series: Erik Jones spun in second “big one” of Xfinity opener, while Kyle Busch slid into the unprotected inside retaining wall at Daytona
- F1: Max Verstappen collects Romain Grosjean in the biggest wreck of the F1 season thus far, at Monaco
- Xfinity: Daniel Suarez and Regan Smith are caught up in the first “big one” at the Xfinity opener
- IndyCar: Ed Carpenter goes in backwards and catches air on Sunday morning of Indy 500 qualifying
- F1: Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have a scary coming together in Austria
- Sprint Cup: Trevor Bayne hits the backstraight wall at Talladega in another “big one”
- IndyCar: Helio Castroneves’ aerial flight in Indy 500 practice kicks off a concerning week of accidents
- Sprint Cup: Austin Dillon’s crash in Daytona was the scariest one of the year by far