Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ brutal month of May took another turn for the worse on Monday when Robert Wickens made hard contact with the Turn 2 wall.
The Canadian rookie’s No. 6 Honda brushed the wall, then hooked hard right and hammered the barrier with the car’s nose before eventually coasting to a stop on the infield grass.
“I caught it, then just ran out of track and brushed the wall,” he said. “It was suspension damage on both sides and I was just trying to slow down and get it under control, and the car just pretty violently went to the right and went head on into the wall halfway down the back straight. It’s a bummer, obviously, no one wants it, especially this close to the race. Lesson learned I guess; it just happened out of nowhere.”
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The 29-year-old climbed from the car unhurt and was cleared to resume racing activities once the lengthy repairs are completed.
“Yeah I am fine, I mean these cars are super-safe,” he added. “First crash in an Indy car, so I guess it had to happen eventually.”
With practice set to conclude at 4 p.m. ET, Wickens need to wait until Friday’s Carb Day activities before getting another chance to work on his race day setup. The No. 6 had turned three laps before the incident. Wickens qualified 18th for his first Indy 500.