From the Marbles - NASCAR

As Dario Franchitti was saving fuel to get to the finish line first in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay got together.


Conway – that blue pod that used to be a car – was on the inside of Hunter-Reay and made contact with the left side of Hunter-Reay's car. Conway's car launched over the left-front tire of Hunter-Reay's car, sending it into the air and eventually upside down against the fence.

After hitting the fence and flipping over Hunter-Reay, Conway's car finally came to a rest upside down in the middle of the track. Thankfully no one else made contact with Conway's car.

According to Speedway officials, Conway suffered an orthopedic injury to his right leg and was flown to Methodist hospital. The good news is that Conway never lost consciousness and it's not a life threatening injury.

Danica Patrick, who finished fifth, drove by Conway as his car was flying through the air and likened Conway's takeoff to a football's unpredictability when fluttering or bouncing.

It was reminiscent of Marco Andretti's flip at Indianapolis, or worse, Kenny Brack's flip at Texas.

And it's a good thing that the bleachers on the outside of Indianapolis Motor Speedway were elevated in that spot. That saved a lot of debris from flying into the stands.

For Conway's sake, all of that debris was a good thing, because when open wheel cars fly apart, the energy is being dissipated. But the driver pod of the car remained intact, which is how Conway was able to escape (very) serious injury.

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