Tony Renna (lost security camera footage of fatal IndyCar test session crash; 2003)

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Aftermath of Renna's fatal crash.

Status: Lost

Following the 2003 IndyCar Series season, Tony Renna was hired by Chip Ganassi Racing, who had won the 2003 championship with Scott Dixon, to drive the team’s second car, replacing Tomas Scheckter.[1]

Renna would be killed on the morning of October 22nd, 2003, while testing his car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[2] On his fourth lap, Renna spun in turn 3, and as he was spinning, the wind got underneath the car. The car would go flying into the outer catch fence and would disintegrate upon impact. Renna was killed instantly by massive internal trauma.[3]

No footage and/or photographs of the crash have surfaced. Since it was a private test, there were no members of the media to cover it.[4]

However, security camera footage at the track picked up the accident. Officials at the track put cameras around the track at some point following the 2002 Indianapolis 500 (which involved a controversy of Paul Tracy claiming that he had passed Hélio Castroneves for the lead as a caution came with just over one lap to go, causing the pass to not count).

The footage has never been released to the public, likely out of respect for Renna. It likely went to local police, who then returned it to the track after their investigation ended.