The team at Ed Carpenter Racing has endured a busy afternoon that was already plenty packed.
During the opening 30-minute rookie session, Rinus VeeKay posted the fastest time after 11 laps, but then hit trouble entering Turn 3. The 19-year-old Dutchman put the left side tires just under the white line and scraped the apron, which was enough to send him into a 180 degree spin, his Chevy hitting the Turn 4 wall before coming to a stop near the entrance to pit road.
As a result, there was damage to the left side pod and suspension. An ECR team representative told RACER they are repairing the primary car with bodywork from the backup car, which belongs to teammate for road, streets and the Indy 500, Conor Daly. (For all ovals, with the exception of Indianapolis, Daly drives the No. 59 entry for Carlin.)
The incident came at a cost of much-needed track time as VeeKay missed out on the remainder of practice, which was topped by five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
“I had a crash in practice — a rookie mistake. Got too low, lost the car and hit the wall,” said VeeKay. “The team is working very hard to get the car ready for qualifying. Let’s reset and go from here.”
Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter had an incident of his own as well, spinning off the exit of Turn 4, sliding through the tri-oval and coming to a stop near the entrance to Turn 1. He suffered slight damage to the rear wing, which warranted a change.
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