Thursday, May 31, 2018

INDY 500: Brazilian to Repeat History?

As I'm hoping that we'll see the exact same, steely determination of a much younger, and presumably more resilient Brazilian emulate a fellow Countryman's return to the Speedway after his Narly Accident.

Whilst I'm talking 'bout Pietro Fittipaldi, who's currently rehabbing in Indianapolis after breaking his left leg and fracturing his right ankle, amongst other injuries.

Strangely, Pietro's crash made me harken back to another Brazilian, who's crash occurred in Turn 4 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for the 1992 Indy 500.

As Triple Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet crashed head first into the Turn 4 wall - And suffered multiple fractures to both of his legs and feet, along with suffering a concussion!

Yet the 21yr old Grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, Pietro arrived at Mother Speedway on Thursday, May 17th to talk to the Media, and has already set his sights on when he'll get back behind the wheel of the #19 Dale Coyne IndyCar.

As I'd like to think that Pietro will indeed return to IMS next year, not as a Spectator, but instead a participant, a la what Stefan Wilson endured in order to contest this year's Indy 500.

While Piquet did indeed return the following year to contest his lone Indy 500, albeit his equipment wasn't exactly top shelve, being one of the "Blown" Stock Block Buick V-6 Brigade. As Nelson, along with almost the rest of the field were overshadowed by some Duffer' named Bloody Nige' that year.

Or Y'all can check out Piquet's long ago accident at Mother Speedway in the Youtube video below...