Originally Posted by lemieuxmc
So what's the deal with Danica letting go of the wheel instead of trying to save it?
IndyCar drivers, among others, are taught to do that so that the steering wheel won't break their wrists/hands as it spins violently from contact with the wall. Little wheel = no leverage. The stock cars have large steering wheels and power steering, but she still probably averted an injury by doing that.
From the in car camera angle, it did look like she was putting her hands over her eyes. I'm sure some people will have fun doing caption contests with that image