Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda had a lucky escape in the opening seconds of Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports when he was one of several drivers involved in the Turn 5 chaos.
The accident was picked up by the TV cameras but what was not shown at the time was onboard footage from the cockpit of RHR’s Dallara.
Tweeting on Monday following the race, Ryan Hunter Reay said:
Well that was a race weekend to forget. We struggled w/drivetrain (straight line speed) issues through practice & qualifying. Then our race ended before it really started, taken out in 1st lap pile-up. Extremely grateful for the @IndyCar Aeroscreen. Likely saved my life pic.twitter.com/KnDe4XwAZH
— Ryan Hunter-Reay (@RyanHunterReay) April 19, 2021
For the doubters out there that don’t like the Aeroscreen or think IndyCar is better off without it check out exhibit A above.
The front wheel of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden’s No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet can be seen launching into the side of the Aeroscreen on Hunter Reay’s car which if the Aeroscreen was not in place could have resulted in a fatal accident.
(Video courtesy of IndyCar via youtube.com)