Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Rahal fastest as Pigot crashes in warmup

Graham Rahal topped the raceday warmup for this afternoon’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, but Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot shunted head-on into a concrete wall.

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Rahal fastest as Pigot crashes in warmup

Pigot was seen to catch the inside curbing on the final turn which bounced his car into the air and sent him plowing off track on the outside of the turn and head-on into a concrete wall, just past where the tire protection ends.

The young American emerged holding his lower back but he has since been checked, released and cleared by IndyCar medical to race. The team will be reverting to a backup car as the crashed car’s Dallara tub is too badly damaged.

Rahal’s 65.0239sec lap, set on his 16th of 23 laps, put him over quarter-second clear of Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Helio Castroneves with Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport-Honda a further two-tenths behind, leading his teammates Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet’s Conor Daly, who will start from 11th – his highest starting position of the season – was sixth fastest and a man who set the same personal achievement, Esteban Gutierrez, showed similar form to go 10th fastest for Dale Coyne Racing-Honda.

IndyCar 2017 Mid-Ohio 

ClaDriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  23 1'05.0239     125.012
2 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  22 1'05.3007 0.2768 0.2768 124.483
3 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  22 1'05.5130 0.4891 0.2123 124.079
4 26 japan  Takuma Sato  18 1'05.5152 0.4913 0.0022 124.075
5 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  22 1'05.5252 0.5013 0.0100 124.056
6 4 united_states  Conor Daly  20 1'05.5776 0.5537 0.0524 123.957
7 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  23 1'05.6179 0.5940 0.0403 123.881
8 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  22 1'05.6551 0.6312 0.0372 123.811
9 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  24 1'05.6825 0.6586 0.0274 123.759
10 18 mexico  Esteban Gutierrez  22 1'05.7462 0.7223 0.0637 123.639
11 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  19 1'05.7739 0.7500 0.0277 123.587
12 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  24 1'05.9614 0.9375 0.1875 123.236
13 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  21 1'06.0098 0.9859 0.0484 123.145
14 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  21 1'06.0224 0.9985 0.0126 123.122
15 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  20 1'06.0865 1.0626 0.0641 123.002
16 12 australia  Will Power  23 1'06.1823 1.1584 0.0958 122.824
17 7 russia  Mikhail Aleshin  21 1'06.3210 1.2971 0.1387 122.568
18 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  24 1'06.3606 1.3367 0.0396 122.494
19 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  21 1'06.3907 1.3668 0.0301 122.439
20 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  19 1'06.7016 1.6777 0.3109 121.868
21 20 united_states  Spencer Pigot  5 1'07.1156 2.0917 0.4140 121.116
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