Mayor hit by debris after crash in beginning of Indianapolis Grand Prix

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 10, 2014) — The pole-sitting driver Sebastian Saavedra’s car didn’t take off when the green flag waved during the first running of the Indianapolis Grand Prix, as it experienced some sort of malfunction, causing it to stall.

Two other drivers, Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin hit Saavedra’s car during the start, when trying to avoid the stalled car.

None of the drivers were injured in the crash; however Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was struck by a piece of debris.

Marc Lotter, Communications Director for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, told FOX59 that the Mayor was struck in left arm and left chest area. Both injuries were very minor, he said.

“At the start of the race, the Mayor was struck by a piece of debris. He had a minor soft tissue injury. He was evaluated and treated here, and we sent him home to rest – so he’s doing fine. No stitches were required,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows.

Ballard was able to walk on his own, but was taken to the track ER to be checked out and treated. About 45 minutes later, Ballard emerged from the hospital on his own power.

While he didn’t speak formally with the media, he gave a thumbs up and said “I’m fine, we’re good to go!”

A big crash right at the start of the #GPofIndy. Thankfully no one was hurt

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