IndyCar driver has lucky escape after race car launched into his head

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Helio Castroneves had a lucky escape over the weekend when he dodged injury in a potentially horrifying pit lane crash.

The Brazilian racing driver had just finished a pit stop during last weekend's Pocono IndyCar race when he became caught up in an accident between Charlie Kimball and Alexander Rossi.

The latter was released from his pit box as Kimball attempted to pull in to his own team's bay. The pair collided and Rossi's car was launched into the air.

Castroneves was also leaving his pit box at the time, and Rossi's front wheel hit the Brazilian on the head. Fortunately, he escaped serious injury, and said after the race "IndyCar have worked so hard on safety and it was proven today. I'll take some Advil [painkillers] and I'll be OK."

The incident comes amid debates in Formula 1 about whether open cockpit single-seater race cars should come with better head protection.