Max Chilton: “I’m not sure what happened out there”

Max Chilton - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

For the second time in as many days, Max Chilton was forced to retire in Detroit as the Chip Ganassi Racing driver was caught up in the first lap, first corner incident at Belle Isle.

Starting towards the back of the field, the British racer ended up with locked-up brakes and a crash into both the wall and into the already crashed car of James Hinchcliffe, who had been unfortunate himself to be pushed into retirement by two other cars on the run down to turn one.

Chilton admitted he was unsure to how he ended up against the wall, and was hoping for a good result after his early retirement from Saturday’s opener following a steering column issue that had caused him to also hit the wall.

“I’m not sure what happened out there at the start but it’s a shame our day ended so quickly,” said Chilton. “We were planning on taking our time at the start and just getting the Gallagher car through cleanly, but that didn’t happen.

“The car remained on the course for the race so we’ll have to wait until it gets back to look over the data and see exactly what went wrong.”