Nearly All The Crashes Have Looked The Same, As Hinchcliffe Has To Wonder What He Did To Piss Of Thi

INDIANAPOLIS – We’ve seen five crashes this month for oval action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, all have looked very similar.

It all started with Fernando Alonso getting into the Turn 3 wall on Wednesday afternoon. His car nearly got airborne as he knocked into the inside wall in Turn 4 then shot up into the outside SAFER barrier.

Later on in the afternoon, Felix Rosenqvist got into the wall hard in Turn 2 as he not only hit the outside wall, he shot back into the inside SAFER barrier too.

The last three crashes though, they’ve all looked eerily similar.

Pato O’Ward crashes in practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday – INDYCAR Media Site

Pato O’Ward crashed in Turn 2 on Thursday. His car turned on its side but luckily didn’t flip. On Friday, Kyle Kaiser crashed in Turn 3 as his car did the exact same thing as O’Ward’s.

Kyle Kaiser crashes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday – INDYCAR Media Site

Then there’s the most recent crash for James Hinchcliffe. His car just snapped out from under him in tricky conditions on Saturday as he violently smacked into the Turn 2 SAFER barrier on his first qualifying attempt.

“It’s funny, the car was a little bit loose in Turns 3 and 4 but in 1 and 2 was solid, so actually I was just preparing to dial a bit of understreer in the north end of the track,” said Hinchcliffe after another frightening crash at IMS. “I don’t know if we caught a gust or the wind changed or what. When it’s windy and it’s gusty and you’re in low downforce for qualifying, unfortunately that’s the risk you run. It’s pretty much worse-case scenario. It’s pretty much our nightmare.

“I got to Turn 2 and it just sort of suddenly snapped on me. I feel fine. I whacked my knee a little bit. That’s what happens when you hit a wall at 230 mph. It’s not the first time we’ve crashes. Probably won’t be the last.”

James Hinchcliffe crashes in his qualifying run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday

For Hinchcliffe, he has to now be wondering what he ever did to piss off the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In 2014, he was hit in the helmet on the backstretch (Hulman Blvd) of the INDYCAR Grand Prix. That gave him a concussion with nearly didn’t allow him to qualify the next weekend for the Indianapolis 500.

Then, he was nearly killed in a practice accident the next year when his No. 5 Honda violently hit the wall in Turn 3 which as a result he nearly died on the scene. After rehabbing from his scary injuries, he came back to win the pole for the 100th Running in 2016. It seemed like he was on his way to the ultimate redemption story.

Unfortunately, he missed the race completely in 2018 and now is in jeopardy of missing it again for a second consecutive year.

Hinchcliffe’s crash forced them to his backup car. It just wasn’t up to speed like it needed to be which puts him on the outside looking in for Sunday. He’s one of six drivers vying for the final three spots in the Last Row Shootout.

After all that he’s been through here, it’s time the place owes him one. First though, he has just one attempt on Sunday to make the field.


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