Dalton Kelet became the first driver of an accident while preparing for the Indianapolis 500, ending a six-day streak without major incidents.
With more than 30 minutes left in a single two-hour session of track time on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kelet crashed. The AJ Foyet Racing driver lost his hand in the outer lane and crashed into the outer wall.
Kelett said he had pain in his legs after the collision, probably due to their paddle hitting the bulkhead. He was assessed after the accident and released from the care center. The Canadian saw the replay of his crash and felt that the indie 500 rookie Roman Groszin played a role because Groszin ran him high instead of standing in line in front of Kelet.
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“At the end of the day I’m a passing car, but it’s also practice, it’s not the last lap of the 500,” Kelet said.
“I still think Sunday will come, we’ll be ready to go.”
Tim Pensk’s Scott McLaughlin spun a little in Pete Lane but returned to the track after recovering from the only other incident of this week’s only practice until “Carb Day” on Saturday.
The horsepower boost that created record speed in qualifying is gone when teams switched their engines to the power plant that will be used in Monday’s race.
That means the speed is back to normal, but the Chip Gunsy Racing Gang was still the fastest. Indica champion Alex Palo ran at 369.249 km / h in Monday’s session, while pole-sitter Scott Dixon was second at 368.540 – breaking the 1996 poll-winning speed record he posted a significant drop-off from the 376.661 km / h four-lap average. .
Jimmy Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, is the third fastest at 367,463, and Gansi’s teammate Marcus Erickson is fifth and Tony Canaan is 22nd.
Honda drivers occupy the top five – two-time winner Takuma Sato the fourth fastest – and 11 of the 14 fastest slots. Joseph Newgarden (sixth), Connor Daly (seventh) and Sage Karam (ninth) were Chevrolet’s best.
“I may not have been able to make myself effective on the weekend, so it’s better to come back here than to wait until Carb Day and expect no rain.” “I feel great. I love this day of practice, and the car we can drive is awesome.”
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Meanwhile, a calm Marco Andretti on Saturday apologized to Sato for obstructing his qualifying efforts.
Sato didn’t get off track after his race, so when Andretti took off, he had to slow down while stopping in Sato’s car. After the run he got angry and his team applied for the books to be deleted. Indica did not move, but Sato was punished for interfering.
“He’s the most beautiful man in the world,” Andretti said. “He sent me a paragraph asking for forgiveness.”
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