Conor Daly's car was upside down as he took the green flag at Texas on Sunday.
Daly's car flipped over after hitting the wall as numerous cars crashed at the start of the race. Daly's car slid on its top and side for a while after it flipped over before becoming right-side-up in the infield.
Daly was able to climb from his car as IndyCar safety workers helped him unbuckle and get out.
"All I know is being upside down isn't fun, never had that happen in an IndyCar before," Daly said.
He added that he was fine after the wreck.
"I'm good, I'm alright," Daly said.
The IndyCar aeroscreen helped make sure Daly was good. The protective cockpit-like head protection and windshield was implemented ahead of the 2020 season to protect drivers' heads in serious crashes like what happened on Sunday. And Sunday's crash was the second time in 2021 that the aeroscreen has helped save a driver.
Ryan Hunter-Reay credited the aeroscreen for saving his life in a lap 1 crash in the season-opening race at Barber Motorsports Park in April. Look where this wheel is.
Sunday's wreck started when Pietro Fittipaldi got into the back of Sebastien Bourdais. That contact sent Bourdais' car into Alexander Rossi's and other cars soon got collected as the track became mostly blocked.
Bourdais got taken out in Saturday's race at Texas too. He got hit from behind and sent into the wall a day earlier.
"It's a shame that two days in a row we get drilled and taken out of the race," Bourdais said.
Both Bourdais and Will Power (on his team radio) noted how long that pole sitter and Saturday winner Scott Dixon waited to accelerate at the green flag. As the polesitter, Dixon has control of the start of the race and can start to accelerate to full speed at his reasonable discretion.
The crash immediately put Sunday's race under caution for 19 laps. Daly ended up 24th and last in the race won by Pato O'Ward.
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