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Castroneves walks away from scary crash after car goes airborne at Indianapolis 500 practice

  • The car driven by Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, is airborne after hitting the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  (AP Photo/Joe Watts)

    The car driven by Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, is airborne after hitting the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Watts)  (The Associated Press)

  • The car driven by Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, flips after hitting the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  (AP Photo/Dick Darlington)

    The car driven by Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, flips after hitting the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Dick Darlington)  (The Associated Press)

  • The car driven by Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, lands on the track after flipping after hitting the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Tom Hemmer)

    The car driven by Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, lands on the track after flipping after hitting the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Tom Hemmer)  (The Associated Press)

Helio Castroneves has been cleared and released from Indianapolis Motor Speedway's infield medical center after his car went airborne in a spectacular crash Wednesday.

His car wiggled as it went through the first turn early in practice for the Indianapolis 500, then spun into the outer wall and started rolling backward in the short chute between the first and second turns. A gust of wind caught car and flipped it over. The car landed upside down before rolling back over on its wheels.

Castroneves, a three-time 500 winner for Team Penske, climbed out of the car without assistance.

He completed one lap at 219.183 mph.

The crash happened shortly after IndyCar officials docked the Brazilian eight points for violating a rule about avoidable contact in Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.