Indy 500 2012 Video: Will Power Eliminated from Race After Horrific Crash

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIMay 27, 2012

Only certain individuals are equipped with courage strong enough to sit inside of an Indy Car. Serious accidents can happen at any moment of a race.

That's the nature of the sport.

Will Power and Mike Conway were on the wrong end of a serious accident in the 80th lap Sunday at the Indianapolis 500.

Phillip B Wilson of the Indianapolis Star comments about the accident.

Big-time crash involving Penske's Will Power, whose car rides upon wall. He appears to be OK. Contact with Mike Conway's car. #Indy500

— Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) May 27, 2012

Conway's vehicle was struggling after exiting from a poor pit stop. According to Jeff Olson of USA Today, Conway's front wing was broken.

"That's what started it," said A.J. Foyt, Conway's team owner. "He slid in and hit my fuel man and knocked him over, and that's what broke the front wing."

What makes the sport thrilling is also what makes it nerve-racking to watch and be a part of. Drivers understand this, yet accept it with open arms.

Any lap, any turn, the slightest bump could result in a serious injury. When you have vehicles topping out at ridiculous speeds, anything can happen.

Power and Conway were unlucky to be in the accident, but extremely lucky to walk away from it. The accident could have have been a lot worse.