Racing driver survives 200mph horror crash

PUBLISHED: 17:18 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:00 25 August 2010

AN INDY 500 driver has told of his miraculous escape after a crash saw his car take off and smash into a concrete wall at 200mph.

AN INDY 500 driver has told of his miraculous escape after a crash saw his car take off and smash into a concrete wall at 200mph.

The 26-year-old, from Bromley suffered multiple fractures to his lower left leg and a compression fracture to his spine after his racer was hurled against a concrete wall during the Indianapolis 500 race on Sunday. Speaking from his hospital bed, he said: "I'm feeling fine at the moment, all things considered.

"I'm just thankful that I came out of alive."

His family has flown to the US to be at his side in Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, where he is expected to remain until next week. Moving to undertake American Ryan Hunter-Reay on the bend of the final lap, his car touched the back wheel of his rival and went airborne, slamming into the wall. He was immediately airlifted to hospital where he underwent a five-hour surgery to repair his leg while a neck brace was later fitted to help heal the fractured vertebrae in his spine.

"I want to thank all the medical staff at the Methodist hospital, as well as the IRL recovery team and all those at the Indy Speedway track that pulled me out of the car. They've done a fantastic job."

The crash is expected to put the driver, who now lives in Sevenoaks, out for around three months, and certainly hasn't dampened his will to continue racing.

"I'm hoping for a speedy recovery and am already looking forward to being behind the wheel of a race car," he said.

George Holroyd, whose company designs graphics for racing cars, knew Mike when he raced as a Formula Three driver.

"I put the race on to record as it is such a long one. When I turned on, I caught the news and immediately saw it was a blue car, which I know Mike drives. You think the worst when you see something like that, but the report confirmed he was ok, thank god."

"I've sent him a text and had one back saying he is doing alright.


Latest Bexley news

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bexleyheath based big cat keeper and author, Martin Hill, has released another picture book about the relationship between three young big cats.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kent travel to Birmingham for their Specsavers County Championship Division Two title showdown with Warwickshire starting on Monday.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Kent’s Joe Denly and Rory Burns of Surrey earned earned their first Test call-ups for England’s forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka on Friday, but national selector Ed Smith insists there is no pressure to become “the new Alastair Cook”.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The 80-year-old, who has scored more than 300 games, earned praise from England cricketer Stuart Broad

Thursday, September 20, 2018

County Championship Division Two: Glamorgan (186 & 78) lost by an innings and 172 runs to Kent (436)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kent centurion Zak Crawley admitted it felt good to finally score his maiden century for the county on Wednesday.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

At the age of 15, notorious Bexley criminal Kenneth Noye left Bexleyheath School in 1962.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24