Its been a rough weekend for Esteban Gutierrez on the streets of Toronto. Gutierrez, was involved in a crash early on in the second Verizon IndyCar Series practice session on Friday. He escaped too much carnage, but his session was cut short because of the accident.
In qualifying on Saturday, Gutierrez was well on his way to making the second round, unfortunately, he found the concrete barriers once again.
Gutierrez’ No. 18 Honda found the wall towards the end of round one, ending his chances of advancing to a top 12 starting spot and forcing him to start in the back in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) instead. It was his second crash of the weekend.
Unfortunately, it was a massive impact, as the team was forced to go to a backup tub as a result. The crash was also big enough to put the Mexican drivers’ status in doubt for Sunday’s race.
Gutierrez, was treated and released from the care center but he wasn’t cleared to drive. IndyCar announced that he was being evaluated for “concussion-like symptoms” and they’d reevaluate him on Sunday morning.
Rumor is if he isn’t available to driv,e then Robert Wickens is on hand and could be a suitor as a replacement.
The crash was the fifth one for the No. 18 Honda team. Sebastien Bourdais crashed on the first lap at Phoenix. He was then injured in a qualifying crash for the Indy 500. James Davison crashed the car in the ‘500 itself. Then at Texas, Tristian Vautier was involved in a crash there too.
Now, Gutierrez has crashed it twice in one weekend