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Colton Harta rolled his Indianapolis 500 last-over-end during Friday’s final practice. The star driver of Andretti Autosport was not injured in the most important accident of the build-up until “the greatest spectacle of racing”.
“I think I was going a little too fast for that corner,” Herta said.
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With 25 minutes left in “Carb Day”, the crash destroyed Andretti Honda and he will need a backup for Sunday’s race. Harta also blew up an engine to qualify and Andretti will start on the 25th in any car that could be ready for race day.
“I’m a little sad for that race car,” Harta said of how she felt after leaving Infield Care Center.
The 22-year-old Californian was talking on his team radio when his car was still spinning. When it stopped, his father, Brian, told Harta on the radio that emergency crews could get him out of the car.
His father immediately went to Andretti’s garage to oversee the preparation of his race strategist and backup car. Herta doesn’t have to go down the field.
“Thanks for so much,” Herta said. “I think aeroscreen is part of it. Furthermore the safety crew and I assume the durability of the side pods on the side structure of the vehicle. That was a big hit from the side. Yes, the security guards were rushing me back there. “
Earlier in the practice, David Malukas was devastated after contact with Santino Ferrucci. Malukas, 20, the youngest driver on the field; Ferrucci was punished for avoiding contact.
“Probably one of the biggest hits I’ve ever felt,” Malukas said. “I just came out with a small wound.”
Harta got her first win of the Indica season earlier this month with a recreational drive through the rain on the road course inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year, Harta qualified second, started in the front row and led 13 laps against the tactics and he faded to a disappointing 16th place finish.
Herta said Friday’s exercise was about “balancing the last little bits properly.”
That was, until the crash.
“I’m not too worried about the race,” Herta said. “I think the car will be fine.”
Tony Canaan and Marcus Erickson lead the practice for Chip Gunsy Racing. Scott Dixon, pole sitter, third-fastest and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson was seventh because he had four cars in the top seven. Alex Palo, the reigning Indica champion, is the 14th and slowest in the Gansi group.
“We had a good car all month. We didn’t go out and, let’s be fast on Carb Day, “said Kanan, 2013 Indy 500 Champion. “It simply came to our notice then. It was the result of a good car that we had all month. You look at your teammates, they’re all there.
Johnson was everywhere this month, from the track to the late-night talk-show circuit as he prepares for his first indie 500. Johnson was in Indy last season as part of NBC Sports coverage.
“I want to experience it all,” Johnson said. “It’s been great.”
Joseph Newgarden and Tim Pensk win the Pit Stop Challenge. Pensk won the event for the 18th time.
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