ABC Supply 500 Race Report

“Today was really unfortunate. I’m lucky to get out of that one and I just hope that Robert and everyone else involved is alright. We’re waiting on every word of his update and just really thinking of him. He had a run out of Turn 1, popped out to the outside and I stayed in the draft to Will [Power] in front of me. I closed up to Will and Wickens fell back. As we came to the corner, [Wickens] was at my left rear tire and I gave him some room to the bottom. I was pretty shocked I got hit in the back, but none of that matters right now – we’re just thinking about Robert and hoping he’s alright. It’s all very, very unfortunate.”

The 500-Mile race saw an extended red flag period after just six laps of competition for a multi-car incident that ended the day for 2015 race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The accident, which involved contact between the No. 28 and the No. 6 car of Robert Wickens resulted in damage to the catch fence which needed repaired before racing could resume. Wickens was transported to the Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown with orthopedic injuries and remains under evaluation.

  • STARTED: 4th // FINISHED: 18th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (411 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Involved in a multi-car collision with just six laps complete, causing extreme damage to the No. 28 and retiring the DHL team early from the 500-mile race // Hunter-Reay was checked, cleared and released from the Infield Car Center during the race’s red flag

Next weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series wraps up oval competition at Gateway Motorsports Park. The second event of a three-in-a-row stint will see practice and qualifying sessions on Friday with the 248-lap race waved green on Saturday night under the St. Louis lights.

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