INDYCAR: Crashes mar opening Pocono practice

INDYCAR: Crashes mar opening Pocono practice

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INDYCAR: Crashes mar opening Pocono practice

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The opening practice period for the Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 was an expensive one for three teams as Ryan Hunter-Reay, Charlie Kimball and Juan Montoya all crashed at Pocono Raceway.

Hunter-Reay, the winner here a year ago, lost control of his DHL Honda going into Turn 1 early in the session.

“The rear snapped and it was big,” said RHR, whose tub was badly damaged and had to be replaced as his crew scrambled to get ready for qualifying at 1 p.m. “We had a great test here, so this is really unfortunate but we’ll just have to reset and get ready for the race.

“That was my tub from my Indy win (2014), so that’s a bummer too.”

Kimball, who walked away from a massive accident here in 2015, also lost control entering Turn 1 and backed his Tresiba Chevy into the wall with considerable force.

“Tried to save it a couple times but if finally got away.” said Kimball, whose steering wheel came off during the crash and bounced down the track. “I hit the steering wheel with my knee and that knocked it off. We may have to get our backup ready but I can lean on my teammates so we’ll be fine.”

Montoya grazed the outside wall of the Tunnel Turn and then spun hard into the inside wall in his Penske Truck Chevy to mercifully bring out the checkered flag on the 90-minute session.

All three drivers escaped injury and were cleared to drive.

Mikhail Aleshin and James Hinchcliffe paced the session with the Russian turning 221.932mph in the SPM Racing Honda and the Canadian recording a 220.290 in the Arrows Honda.

Josef Newgarden led the Chevy runners with a lap of 220.160mph in the Fuzzy’s Vodka Special and Indy 500 winner Alex Rossi was clocked at 219.927mph in the Castrol Edge Honda.

UP NEXT: Qualifying at 1:30 p.m. ET (airs at midnight ET tonight on NBCSN)

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS:

 

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

00:40.5530

221.932

–.—-

–.—-

4

27

2

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

00:40.8553

220.290

0.3023

0.3023

24

36

3

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

00:40.8794

220.160

0.3264

0.0241

29

33

4

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

00:40.9227

219.927

0.3697

0.0433

24

26

5

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

00:40.9240

219.920

0.3710

0.0013

5

24

6

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

00:41.0186

219.413

0.4656

0.0946

47

49

7

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

00:41.1427

218.751

0.5897

0.1241

24

25

8

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

00:41.1669

218.622

0.6139

0.0242

12

30

9

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

00:41.1725

218.593

0.6195

0.0056

37

39

10

20

Carpenter, Ed

D/C/C/F

00:41.2109

218.389

0.6579

0.0384

25

25

11

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

00:41.2167

218.358

0.6637

0.0058

26

28

12

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

00:41.2954

217.942

0.7424

0.0787

15

25

13

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

00:41.2973

217.932

0.7443

0.0019

5

5

14

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

00:41.3167

217.830

0.7637

0.0194

34

35

15

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

00:41.3228

217.797

0.7698

0.0061

28

29

16

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

00:41.3746

217.525

0.8216

0.0518

23

26

17

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

00:41.3762

217.516

0.8232

0.0016

31

31

18

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

00:41.4907

216.916

0.9377

0.1145

14

30

19

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

00:41.5382

216.668

0.9852

0.0475

32

37

20

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

00:41.5446

216.635

0.9916

0.0064

13

32

21

88

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

00:42.1618

213.463

1.6088

0.6172

33

37

22

19

Mann, Pippa

D/H/H/F

00:42.7145

210.701

2.1615

0.5527

12

37

(R) Rookie (C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone

 

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