Indycar: Safe or not?

By Michael Sanchez

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting in March, I (Todd Fuqua) began teaching an after-school journalism class to students at White Mountain Elementary, with the purpose of showing them the realities of writing and publishing. This story in one of the results of their efforts.

A Verizon Indy Car can go up to speeds of 230-plus miles an hour on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This can lead to wild, crazy dangerous wrecks.

During the 2017 Indianapolis 500 qualifying session, Sébastien Bourdais was on his way to a 231.472 mph pole, when all of a sudden he lost control of his car, sending him into the outside wall, which resulted in him flipping side over side.

This led to many broken bones. This wasn’t the only bad accident that happened that weekend.

During the Indianapolis 500 on lap 53, Jay Howard, driver of the 77, went out of what is called the “racing lane.” This sent his car into the wall. Out of nowhere, Scott Dixon, driving the Camping World 9, hit Howard’s car, causing Dixon to go airborne.

He was not injured and walked away, which surprised many.

NASCAR has gone to restrictor plate engines, which is not so fast but still fun to watch. The reason NASCAR did this is because in 1987, Bobby Allison crashed into the catch fence, injuring fans and nearly hitting the flag stand.

Every NASCAR fan knows that this could have ended the racing league forever.

My question is, do you believe that Indy Car should force teams to use a restrictor plate engine or keep the cars going 230-plus miles per hour around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

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