Kyle Kaiser is the latest victim on the IMS walls, and the first casualty of Friday morning’s Indianapolis 500 practice.
Kaiser lost control going through Turn 3, clouted the outside wall and, much like Pato O’Ward’s accident, nearly flipped over. After sliding on its side and nearly tipping over, the car landed on the ground right-side up, but showing signs of significant damage that cast a shadow over the Juncos team’s preparations for qualifying.
The 23-year-old Californian escaped injury, and wasn’t sure what happened to his unsponsored No. 32 Chevy.
“I’m fine,” he said. “Grateful for the technology and safety that’s built into these cars – that was a big hit; I felt it.
“The opening lap felt good, and I’m not really sure what happened, I just lost it in the middle of the corner. We’ll have to look at the data to see what happened. We’ve got to go back and see what our options are, but this is obviously not what you want to happen the day before qualifying. But we’re going to do everything we can to make this race.”
Immediately after the impact team owner Ricardo Juncos said that his first priority was confirming that Kaiser was OK, and then the team would turn its attention to what can be done to get back on track.
“We don’t know what happened,” he said. “First we want to make sure he’s OK. I don’t know at this point; it’s too recent. We know this can happen, but it’s very unfortunate. Everything looks OK on the data, so we don’t know what happened.
“First step is make sure he’s OK, then we’ll talk with the team and see what we can do [to fix to the car].”