Kurt Busch crashes during Indy 500 practice
Kurt Busch just made his attempt at completing The Double a lot tougher after crashing during Monday's practice at Indianapolis.
Busch spun coming out of the second turn on the 2.5-mile oval and slammed hard into the outside wall. It was the biggest crash of the month.
Andretti Autosport said on Monday night the car would not be repaired by the Indy 500 and Busch will drive teammate Marco Andretti's backup car. Busch will still start 12th.
Debris flew into the air, there was a small fire and one of the tyres rolled dangerously down the track as the car rolled to a stop on the infield grass.
But the hardest part for Busch was contemplating all the work that must be done now as he becomes the fourth driver to attempt completing both the Indianapolis Indy 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600, 1 100 total miles, on the same day. Both races will be held on Sunday.
"This created a lot of work for the Andretti guys. I feel bad for that," he said. "As a rookie, there's things you learn and put it up on the edge and get away with and then there's times when it will bite you. It's just tough."
Fortunately, Busch was not seriously hurt. IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger checked him at the infield medical centre and immediately cleared him to drive.
Busch said he was fine and ready to return to racing on Friday when the final 1-hour practice sessions will be held. Busch said it wasn't a big deal he had to switch cars because he completed his Indy rookie orientation programme earlier this month in a different Andretti Autosport car.
"The ability of the Andretti Autosport team to field the car, it doesn't matter how it starts, or where it comes from, they've been very accurate with everything," Busch said. "I'll get over it quick. I've wrecked cars before."
Initially, officials said Busch would start from the back of the field if he used another car in the race. Series officials later clarified that would not be the case, something that should help Busch.
He qualified 12th, the outside of Row 4 on the 33-car starting grid. No driver has won Indy after starting 33rd.
Though the speed chart from Monday's practice means little because teams were working on race setup in traffic, Newgarden, who drives for Sarah Fisher's team was the fastest of the day. His best lap was 227.105 mph. Juan Pablo Montoya, the 2000 Indy winner who drives for Roger Penske, was second at 226.532. Scott Dixon, also a previous Indy winner, was third at 226.433, for Target Chip Ganassi and Russia's Mikhail Aleshin was the fastest rookie at 226.371. Aleshin was fourth.