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Spectator injured but in stable condition after being hit by debris at St. Pete race | MotorSportsTalk

Reports emerged during Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series’ season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that a fan was struck by debris during the race.
The race organizers have confirmed the news with a statement released to MotorSportsTalk on Tuesday:
On Sunday, March 29, a spectator was injured during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. She was treated on scene and transported to Bayfront Medical Center for further treatment where she was admitted and remains in stable condition. We wish her well and a speedy recovery.​
A further statement from INDYCAR reads as follows:
The safety of INDYCAR’s fans and participants is of the highest priority. The series is investigating an incident where a spectator was injured at St. Petersburg on March 29. This process is consistent with INDYCAR’s procedure following all race incidents and part of its persistent effort to make safety improvements. INDYCAR wishes the spectator well and hopes for a speedy recovery.​
Per the Tampa Bay Times, the woman injured, Brigitte Hoffstetter, was walking behind the grandstands at Turn 10 when some of the debris was hit on track and flew over the wall. IndyCar officials were working to see if they could help, the report said.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue deputy fire marshal Lt. Steven Lawrence confirmed to USA Today Sports the debris struck the fan in the head.
A fan photo captured of the debris aftermath and posted it to NBCSN IndyCar insider Robin Miller’s Facebook page.
Here’s a screen capture of the hit posted to Twitter:



Matt Archuleta @indy44Follow
Capture from race of piece of debris that flew over grandstand.(Marked with arrow) #FirestoneGP #IndyCar
7:41 PM - 30 Mar 2015

On a separate medical note, there has not yet been a further medical update on Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver Michael Johnsonsince his accident last Friday.
 

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And I remember somebody posting about how Indy car wasn't throwing cautions for debris like NASCAR and was so happy about it....yeah this is why debris cautions are needed


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And I remember somebody posting about how Indy car wasn't throwing cautions for debris like NASCAR and was so happy about it....yeah this is why debris cautions are needed


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You can't throw a caution for a piece of debris that flys into the stands as soon as it comes off the car. It's no different then a foul ball in baseball.


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You can't throw a caution for a piece of debris that flys into the stands as soon as it comes off the car. It's no different then a foul ball in baseball.


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Yeah and a piece laying on track anywhere could easily be kicked up right into the stands too


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Just glad no one was even more seriously hurt.
 

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On a separate medical note, there has not yet been a further medical update on Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver Michael Johnsonsince his accident last Friday.
I think he'll go good to get back racing soon. Remember he was already paralyzed from the waist down and races with hand controls, a hip injury might have put another drive out for a while but it's not like he was using his hip / legs to work the pedals anyway. As long as there's no significant threat of re-injury I think he'll be cleared pretty quick.
 

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And I remember somebody posting about how Indy car wasn't throwing cautions for debris like NASCAR and was so happy about it....yeah this is why debris cautions are needed


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Well, IndyCar only throw the cautions when there is real debris, not the bogus made up debris NASCAR does. Big difference.
 

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This is terrible but not surprising the way those pieces were flying off those cars. Almost like confetti.
 
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