Everybody watching this year’s Indianapolis 500 breathed a sigh of relief when Scott Dixon walked away from his terrifying accident uninjured. But one young fan did more than that.
A girl named Lucy wrote IndyCar a letter following Dixon’s accident, thanking the series for keeping her favorite driver safe.
Dixon caught wind of Lucy’s letter and, in addition to thanking her for her kind words, he similarly commended IndyCar.
Fellow IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe shared Dixon’s opinion of the young fan’s message.
Considering Lucy said Dixon has been her favorite driver since she was young, she likely isn’t old enough to realize just how much she’s thanking IndyCar for.
In the not so distant past, Dixon’s crash, which sent him into the catch fence at roughly 200 mph, probably would have been fatal. However, in modern single seaters, drivers are surrounded by a safety cell that keeps them safe while the car absorbs the brunt of the impact.
Racing will never be a zero-risk sport, but considering Dixon was perfectly fine after he got out of his car, it’s certainly come a long way.
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