The worst possible time for an IndyCar driver to crash into the wall: while closing in on an Indianapolis 500 victory. That happened at the 2011 Indy 500, and I still have no idea what to say about it. Rookie J.R. Hildebrand overtook Bertrand Baguette to take the white flag and rounded the final corner with a clear shot at the checkered, but couldn't maintain control.
The video of Hildebrand's crash:
The crash wasn't a dramatic one for its carnage, as Hildebrand was just fine and even able to cruise in for a stomach-turning second-place finish. But considering what it cost him and his team, it's instantly among the most important crashes in racing history.
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