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Ryan Blaney’s Rear Tire Changer Injured During Early Pit Stops in 2020 Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard

1:30 AM UPDATE ON Ryan Blaney’s Rear Tire Changer:

Calamity struck on pit road in the very early stages of Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As the field came down the IMS pit road, among the narrowest in the NASCAR Cup Series, multiple cars became stacked up near entry following the competition caution on lap 12. Multiple cars collided, and Zach Price, a rear tire changer for Ryan Blaney, was pinched between Blaney’s car and that of Brennan Poole, who careened into the No. 12 in the midst of the melee among multiple cars.

The incident, in addition to the cleanup required on pit road, brought out the red flag for 11 minutes. A total of nine cars were involved in the pit-road caution; Blaney, Poole, Corey Lajoie, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier.

Price was able to limp away from the car to the immediate attention of the AMR safety team. He gave a thumbs-up while being loaded onto an ambulance via stretcher.


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Carl D.

Scary accident… brought to mind Mike Rich, crew member for Bill Elliott who was killed in a similar looking accident in 1990. So glad that it appears Price will be okay.

Tom B

Maybe NASCAR should consider lowering the pit road speed limit to 40 mph. Also Brendan Poole should be censured for choosing to run over a tire changer than plow into the car ahead of him.

Carl A

I feel bad for the tire man but he obviously didn’t have his helmet on properly or it wouldn’t have fallen off. The accident could have been much worse if he had a head injury.

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