INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, Jack Harvey was the first Verizon IndyCar Series driver to find the wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as his No. 50 Honda made contact with the outside SAFER barrier in Turn 2. Luckily, the contact wasn’t real hard, as a mechanical failure caused his car not to turn and go straight into the wall.
He would be okay.
But, on Thursday, the first big incident occurred when Josef Newgarden lost control of his No. 2 Chevrolet exiting Turn 1 of the famed 2.5-mile track, and hit the outside SAFER barrier in the north chute very hard. After sliding off the wall, his car still had big momentum and he had a second impact with the SAFER barrier before coming to a stop in Turn 2.
Newgarden, got out of his car without assistance, but he was visibly shaken up. Luckily, he was checked, cleared and released from the infield care center at IMS as he told us he had a bruised foot.
“I’m feeling alright, I banged my left foot quite a bit. It’s going to be bruised. I’m fine but a tough break for us at Team Penske. It’s a real nice day out, no real issues which is why I’m disappointed. I was coming in, so I haven’t had a chance to look at what happened. It got away from me and got out behind me. I just got called to the pits and was trying to stay out of the way from the guys behind.
“It’s my mistake and I feel bad for the guys for the extra work.”
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Newgarden, just completed his 35th lap with a top speed of 225.455 mph. That was his quickest of the month.