LONG POND, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A first-lap crash involving multiple cars at the NTT IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway has sent NTT Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, driver of the No. 10 Honda, to a local hospital for further observation.
“Felix, we’re just sending down to the trauma center for further evaluation.” said NTT IndyCar Series Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows. “He’s got non-life threatening injuries. I think he’ll be fine. He walked to the ambulance on his own.”
The accident happend as the cars made their way from turn one towards the “Tunnel Turn”. The cars of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato split the car of Alexander Rossi and television replays appear to show the car of Sato coming down and making contact into Rossi’s car, which made contact with Hunter-Reay who was on the inside. Rosenqvist was an innocent victim as damaged cars came back up the track into his path.
Rossi, who did not get a great start, laid the blame squarely on Sato.
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Rossi’s teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay expressed his disbelief of getting taken out so early in a 500-mile race.
“This is ridiculous,” said Hunter-Reay, outside of the infield care center. “I thought we learned our lesson here. Lap one of a 500-mile race. I had a nice clean run on Rossi, almost three-quarters of the way up past him and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I’m backwards. I saw myself hit the inside wall and then I saw myself coming back into traffic. I could see the field coming as I’m backing into it and I thought ‘man, this could get really bad’.”
Arrow Schmidt Petersen Motorsports James Hinchcliffe was behind the cars when they went three-wide.
“It unfolded in front of us,” said Hinchcliffe. “We were heading into turn two kind of three wide, I knew that wasn’t a good idea, so I backed out. 500-mile race man, I don’t know how many times we have to do this before people figure out you can attack all you want, it doesn’t give a change to win if you’re in the fence.”
The race was red-flagged for 45-minutes while the Pocono Raceway crew made repairs to the track fencing.