Fan injured by debris during St Petersburg IndyCar race

A fan is recovering in hospital after being injured by a piece of debris during Sunday's IndyCar season-opener in St Petersburg

Fan injured by debris during St Petersburg IndyCar race

According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, Brigitte Hoffstetter was walking near a concession behind the Turn 10 grandstand when she was struck in the head by a piece of carbon fibre.

She was attended to on the scene by St Petersburg Fire & Rescue before being transferred to a nearby hospital, where she is receiving treatment for a fractured skull.

IndyCar said in a statement that the incident is being investigated.

"The safety of IndyCar's fans and participants is of the highest priority," it said.

"The series is investigating an incident where a spectator was injured at St Petersburg on March 29

"This process is consistent with IndyCar's procedure following all race incidents and part of its persistent effort to make safety improvements.

"IndyCar wishes the spectator well and hopes for a speedy recovery."

The amount of debris shed during the race raised questions over the fragility of the aerodynamic devices that make up the new manufacturer bodykits.

Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya suggested that the proliferation of breakages on Sunday was due to some degree to drivers learning the limitations of the new parts.

"People know they've got to give each other a little more room, the cars are more fragile," he said.

"They're used to working with cars that [when] you bounce off people, nothing happens."

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