Watch: Race Car Driver Survives Terrifying Accident

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A top race car driver survived a terrifying accident Wednesday, flipping the vehicle during a practice run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but somehow emerging from the wreck unharmed.

Footage posted to the speedway’s official Facebook page shows three-time Indianapolis 500 champ Helio Castroneves losing control of the wheel as his car spins off of a bend in the track, careens off of a wall, flips, bounces upside-down against the pavement and lands back on its wheels. Castroneves walked away shaken, but uninjured.

“The accident was most impressive, but the good news is I am feeling very good,” Castroneves said in a statement. “I’m counting on my guys, my boys, to put the car back together and go back to work.”

Castroneves ran the fastest lap in the second day of practice on Tuesday, outpacing his rivals at 227.5 mph.

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