After the rear of Ed Carpenter’s car touched the front corner of Scott Dixon’s IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway, Dixon spun out of control and into the wall. Dixon, of course, let Carpenter know he was just fine (but mad) in everyone’s favorite way: with two middle fingers up.
Dixon crashed out on Lap 213, spinning into the wall. His out of control car was clipped by Helio Castroneves on his way back down the banking, just before the crashed car came to a stop.
Stewards took no action against either driver, as it was a fairly standard racing incident. Here’s hoping that no one takes offense to a routine pair of birds after the fact, either.
Yellows begat yellows, as the close packs of racing led to risky moves and contact. Ed Carpenter later met the wall himself after getting loose, catching Helio Castroneves with his spinning car. Carpenter’s race was over, and Castroneves’ car was damaged enough to take him out of contention for the lead.
Mikhail Aleshin and Jack Hawksworth then had a hard hit into the wall after Aleshin spun with only 16 laps to go. Hawksworth had to be helped from his car with a right knee injury. Fortunately, Hawksworth had the only injury of the carnage-heavy last laps of the race.
The race was ultimately won by an insanely close last-lap pass made by Graham Rahal around longtime race leader James Hinchcliffe. Rahal won by a mere 0.008 second margin of victory.
Update: Hawksworth was not injured after all, but just stunned a bit. A.J. Foyt team president Larry Foyt told the Indianapolis Star:
“He’s fine,” Foyt told IndyStar. “It was like a stinger. Once he got walking around he said it was fine.”