INDIANAPOLIS – Its been a very solid start to the Month of May for rookie Max Chilton. But, unfortunately, that’s when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway usually bites first year drivers.
Just when you think everything is going good, boom, the car gets away from you.
Chilton, lost control of his No. 8 Gallagher Chevrolet in Turn 2 on Saturday afternoon, as he spun into the second turn SAFER barrier.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver just turned a lap of 228.359 mph as he was working his third lap in the opening practice session before today’s Time Trials for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Unfortunately, this is going to be a big setback for the team, as they now likely need to go to a backup car in which it probably won’t be ready for qualifying in just a mere few hours.
Chilton’s primary car was slated to go out 31st in the qualifying line, but his backup is scheduled for 15th.
It’s likely he will miss his turn as they will hope they can get back on the track and make a qualifying run before the session ends at 7 p.m. ET.
If he can’t make an attempt, he will be slated as the 33rd qualifier today and lead off qualifying tomorrow afternoon when the field of 33 will be set.
At least if they wait until then, he can get some practice time again as there’s a session from 12-2 p.m. ET on Sunday. If he tries to qualify today, he likely will go from crashing to hopping in a car and qualifying without any practice time in between.
That’s difficult for any driver let alone a rookie.
At least this crash proves the new safety devices are working as both crashes this month have occurred with rookies but both were two different manufacturers.
In both crashes, the cars spun backwards and stayed on the ground.