Chilton sits out first qualifying following practice crash


Max Chilton - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Max Chilton was forced to watch the first qualifying session for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 from the garage after crashing during the twenty-minute practice session held before the start of qualifying.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was practicing for his first qualifying session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but lost control at turn two, spearing into the safer barrier before coming to rest on the back straight.

The Briton was taken to the medical centre as a precaution, but was released unharmed, but his mechanics had too much work to do to get him on track to attempt to bump himself into the top nine shootout, which would have given him the opportunity to attack for pole position on Sunday.

“I’m fine, a bit battered and bruised,” said Chilton afterwards. “Your first accident on an oval is never a great one. The timing is pretty bad, but that’s the issue with practice before qualifying.

“You just want to make sure the car is right. I felt like it was a little bit strong in the front, but I don’t have the experience to know what’s too much. Now I know, for future reference.

“It went down to line pretty quickly. I was cautious of the rear and before you have time to react, it had gone and you’re just a passenger from then on.”