Two Indianapolis 500 winners endure damaging hits early within the PPG 375 in Fort Price, Texas.
Two-time champ Takuma Sato received too excessive whereas racing three-wide in Flip 2 on his forty seventh lap, initially hitting the skin wall earlier than careening towards the within barrier, the place he made heavy contact. He was unharmed.
The sphere used the warning interval to make pit stops, the place 2016 Indy 500 champ Alexander Rossi and second-year IndyCar driver Kyle Kirkwood made contact. Rossi was leaving his pit stall as Kirkwood entered his.
The NBC broadcast crew stated the crash was Kirkwood’s fault for turning sharply from the fitting (quicker, not transition) lane, however Rossi was penalized for an early launch from his pit stall.
Kirkwood retired from the race earlier than the midway level with a reported drawback with a proper rear wheel bearing. He instructed NBC that he hoped to get the automotive repaired and return to the monitor.
Rossi continued however was a number of laps behind.
Pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist accomplished 177 laps earlier than making contact. He was unharmed.
Rookie Sting Ray Robb brushed the skin wall earlier than careening into the within barrier with about 40 laps remaining. He walked away from his crashed automotive.
Devlin DeFrancesco crashed with about 27 laps left and his automotive crossed towards the skin of the monitor. Graham Rahal ran excessive of DeFrancesco then crashed into the wall. Each drivers are capable of exit their vehicles on their very own.
Romain Grosjean, racing fifth however inside 1 second of the lead with lower than 4 laps to go, crashed, successfully ending the race. Josef Newgarden received.