Alex Palou was tracking to improve his original qualifying position from P7 to P4 until a big wiggle on his final lap led the Spanish Indy 500 sophomore to drift through Turn 2 with smoke coming off his right-rear tire before flattening the right side of the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing against the wall.
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Somewhat cushioned by the SAFER barrier, Palou was able to climb from the car on his own and expressed immediate anger after bringing a big workload to the team.
“Just a bit frustrated,” he said after being released from the infield medical center. “Ganassi gave me the fastest car today. I was pushing trying to be faster and lost the rear on entry. It’s going to be a long night. Really sorry for the team, and I lost it.”
Qualifying continues through 5:50 p.m. ET.