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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Horror crash mars Indy500 practice


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Mexican rookie Patricio O’Ward has walked away after a horror crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

O’Ward’s car became airborne after slamming into the wall in turn two, in an accident similar to Felix Rosenqvist a day earlier.

O’Ward had been running behind three-time champion Helio Castroneves when he lost control on the entry to the turn, the car spinning before making contact with the wall with the left front tyre.

“I'm OK. I haven't really had a chance to see the replay, but it looks like I went for a ride,” O’Ward said.

“I have a very good, strong team behind me and I'm sure we're going to be back on track in no time.

“There's two kinds of people at IMS: the ones that are going to hit the wall and the guys who already hit the wall.”

Patricio O'Ward walked away from a horror crash during Indy500 practice.

O’Ward says the car held up well through the huge crash.

“Oh, I hit hard. I felt it all through my body. I'm a bit sore, but the good thing is that we're OK. It looks like I just lost it, I guess. There's not much more I can say about that.

“I'm just happy I'm OK, and I know the team is going to get stuff ready for the next session or at least tomorrow.

“They are getting the spare ready.”

O'Ward had completed 24 laps prior to his accident, with his best lap averaging just over 360kph.

O’Ward’s accident comes just a day after two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso suffered his own huge crash. Alonso was forced to sit out today’s practice as his team prepared the backup car, which McLaren’s sporting director Gil de Ferran admitted was costly.

“Not running today was a serious setback to our Indy 500 program, but all is not lost. We should have a full day of practice and preparations for qualifying tomorrow and our goal will be to have a nice, clean day,” said de Ferran.

Mexican rookie Patricio O’Ward has walked away after a horror crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

O’Ward’s car became airborne after slamming into the wall in turn two, in an accident similar to Felix Rosenqvist a day earlier.

O’Ward had been running behind three-time champion Helio Castroneves when he lost control on the entry to the turn, the car spinning before making contact with the wall with the left front tyre.

“I'm OK. I haven't really had a chance to see the replay, but it looks like I went for a ride,” O’Ward said.

“I have a very good, strong team behind me and I'm sure we're going to be back on track in no time.

“There's two kinds of people at IMS: the ones that are going to hit the wall and the guys who already hit the wall.”

Patricio O'Ward walked away from a horror crash during Indy500 practice.

O’Ward says the car held up well through the huge crash.

“Oh, I hit hard. I felt it all through my body. I'm a bit sore, but the good thing is that we're OK. It looks like I just lost it, I guess. There's not much more I can say about that.

“I'm just happy I'm OK, and I know the team is going to get stuff ready for the next session or at least tomorrow.

“They are getting the spare ready.”

O'Ward had completed 24 laps prior to his accident, with his best lap averaging just over 360kph.

O’Ward’s accident comes just a day after two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso suffered his own huge crash. Alonso was forced to sit out today’s practice as his team prepared the backup car, which McLaren’s sporting director Gil de Ferran admitted was costly.

“Not running today was a serious setback to our Indy 500 program, but all is not lost. We should have a full day of practice and preparations for qualifying tomorrow and our goal will be to have a nice, clean day,” said de Ferran.

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