'Terrible' airborne crash mars Indy 500

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Colton Herta rolled his Indianapolis 500 car end-over-end during Friday's last practice. The prima operator for Andretti Autosport was uninjured successful the astir important clang successful the physique up to the “Greatest Spectacle successful Racing.”

“I deliberation I was going a small excessively accelerated for that corner,” Herta said.

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The clang with 25 minutes remaining connected “Carb Day” destroyed the Andretti Honda and helium volition request a backup for Sunday's race. Herta had besides blown an motor successful qualifying and volition commencement 25th successful immoderate car Andretti tin get acceptable for contention day.

“A small bittersweet for that contention car,” Herta said erstwhile asked however helium felt aft exiting the infield attraction center.

The 22-year-old Californian was speaking connected his squad vigor arsenic his car was inactive rolling. When it came to a stop, his father, Bryan, radioed for Herta to enactment enactment and strapped successful until exigency crews could escaped him from the car.

His begetter is his contention strategist and instantly went to the Andretti store to oversee preparations connected the backup car. Herta does not person to driblet to the backmost of the field.

“Thankful for a batch of things,” Herta said. “I conjecture the aeroscreen is portion of that. More truthful the information unit and I conjecture conscionable the durability of the broadside pods connected the broadside operation of the cars. That was a large deed from the side. Yeah, the information crews were determination precise accelerated flipping maine backmost over.”

Herta misjduged the country and smashed into the barrier. (Indy 500)

Earlier successful practice, David Malukas crashed pursuing interaction with Santino Ferrucci. Malukus, astatine 20 years old, is the youngest operator successful the field; Ferrucci was penalized for avoidable contact.

“Probably 1 of the biggest hits I felt,” Malukas said. “I came retired with conscionable a tiny bruise.”

The car flips. (Indy 500)

Herta scored his archetypal triumph of the IndyCar play earlier this period with an entertaining thrust done the rainfall connected the roadworthy people wrong Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year, Herta qualified second, started connected the beforehand enactment and led 13 laps earlier strategy backfired and helium faded to a disappointing 16th-place finish.

Herta said Friday's signifier was astir “getting the past small bits balanced right.”

That was, until the crash.

“I'm not excessively disquieted for the race,” Herta said. “I deliberation the car volition beryllium fine.”

Tony Kanaan and Marcus Ericsson led signifier for Chip Ganassi Racing. Scott Dixon, the rod sitter, was third-fastest and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was seventh arsenic Ganassi had 4 of his cars successful the apical seven. Alex Palou, the reigning IndyCar champion, was 14th and slowest of the Ganassi group.

Then slides for respective metres earlier coming to a halt. (Indy 500)

“We had a bully car each month. We didn’t spell retired and, let’s beryllium fastest connected Carb Day,” said Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion. “It doesn’t count, doesn’t mean anything. It’s a effect of a bully car that we had each month. You look astatine teammates, they’re each there.”

Johnson has been everyplace this month, from the way to the late-night talk-show circuit arsenic helium preps for his archetypal Indy 500. Johnson was astatine Indy past play arsenic portion of NBC Sports' coverage.

“I privation to acquisition it all,” Johnson said. “It's been great.”

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