INDIANAPOLIS – If there’s any team outside of Buddy Lazier’s that can’t afford to have a crashed race car, it’s Juncos Racing. They recently purchased both KVSH Racing cars in the offseason, so with two drivers here this month, they can’t afford to see one of those cars wadded up.
Unfortunately, towards the end of Fast Friday, they saw a car wrecked.
Spencer Pigot lost control of his No. 11 Chevrolet in the apex of the second turn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and crashed hard right side first into the Turn 2 SAFER barrier. Luckily, he was able to walk away from the incident and was checked, cleared and released from the infield care center, but to lose a car this late in the day puts this team with limited resources back.
Pigot, got into the wall around 4:37 p.m. ET, meaning the team has around 15 hours before qualifying to get his car repaired and ready for Time Trials on Saturday.
Luckily, there’s only 33 drivers going for 33 spots, so he doesn’t have to worry about missing the show, but it still puts this team in a bind as the crew has to work likely all night to get this car put back together.
The cost for parts will be high and could put this team back.
Pigot, crashed in practice last year too, but that incident was in Turn 1 and was earlier in the week.
Then, with just 15 minutes left in practice today, rookie Zach Veach found the Turn 1 wall. Veach, appeared to lose control of his No. 40 Chevrolet in the apex of the first turn, as it appeared he overcorrected it and slammed the outside SAFER barrier right side first.
Like Pigot, he was checked, cleared and released from the infield care center.