Viso unscathed after heavy practice accident

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Andretti Autosport driver EJ Viso emerged unhurt after a heavy one-car accident during Saturday morning practice at IndyCar’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Viso reported a suspension failure that pitched him hard into the outside wall of Turn 9, the left-hand kink before Turn 10 and onto Dan Wheldon Way. In 10 years since the first St. Petersburg race in 2003, it marked the first such accident at that location on the track.

“We were just starting the day’s practice, and the front right suspension failed and went straight to the wall,” said Viso. “I believe it is going to be all okay for qualifying. But I had to stop my run because that happened.  I am fine.”

The team is working on repairing its primary car in the hopes of returning to the track for qualifying, which begins at 2:05 p.m. EST.

Takuma Sato led the field in practice three for A.J. Foyt Racing, but was still the only Honda runner in the top seven.

Social roundup: Racing world largely outraged by Verstappen penalty

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The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.

The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.

In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.

Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.