Patrick Bedard, the "Car and Driver" mazagine writer-turned-racer, was making his second Indy 500 start in 1984. On Lap 58, Bedard lost control coming out of the third turn. His car skidded towards the inside steel guardrail at a high rate of speed. The severity of the ensuing impact sheared the car in half, sending the engine and the driver's tub (with Bedard still strapped in) tumbling through the air towards the entrance to Turn 4 before coming to rest. Bedard was taken to Methodist Hospital with a severe concussion and a fractured right jaw.
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