Ryan Hunter-Reay has been cleared by INDYCAR to race in today’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, a day after a vicious crash as he readied for his qualifying run.
Thank u for all the well wishes. Hard hit-138G. Testament to this car & how far we’ve come in regards to safety. Banged up -torn muscles.
— Ryan Hunter-Reay (@RyanHunterReay) August 20, 2017
The 36-year-old veteran was released Saturday evening from Lehigh Valley Hospital after X-rays for his left hip, left knee and chest. He was re-evaluated and cleared Sunday morning by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows after sustaining what the series said in a statement were injuries to his left knee and hip.
Coming to the green flag to begin his qualifying run, the 2015 Pocono race winner spun coming through Turn 3 and pounded the outside wall with the left side of his Andretti Autosport Honda before sliding down the track and smacking the inside wall. He was assisted out of the vehicle to the ambulance by two Holmatro Safety crewmen.
“During qualifying today, out of nowhere, the car stepped out on me,” Hunter-Reay said in a statement Saturday. “It was a bit of a wiggle, which I caught. The second time it happened, it came with no warning – which is a bit confusing. I hit my hip pretty bad as well as my knee, so the doctors thought it would be best to go in for further evaluation. After a CT scan and MRI, I am able to go and get a good night’s sleep.
“I know the entire Andretti Autosport team worked hard to get the car put back together and with 500 miles, there is still a chance to win from the back of the field. I can’t thank the Holmatro Safety Team enough for their quick response along with the medical staff at INDYCAR, Pocono and Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. Also, thank you to the fans for reaching out with their support.”