Ryan Newman was particularly peeved off after being involved in yet another of NASCAR’s “Big one” accidents at the Talladega Superspeedway.
The reason, frankly, is that he’s been here before.
When his former Penske Racing teammate Kurt Busch wound up on top of his car on Sunday, it marked the second time Newman’s been in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time when a car has gone airborne at Talladega.
It also happened at the spring Talladega race in 2009, when Brad Keselowski contacted Carl Edwards, and Edwards’ car came careening toward Newman’s. With a stuck throttle and not being able to see, Newman’s car kept going across the line that day. It was easily the scariest third place finish in recent memory.
Of course, for good measure, Newman also had one of the most spectacular barrel rolls of his own in a restrictor plate race, at the 2003 Daytona 500, some 10 years ago. Then, like now, he has thankfully emerged from all accidents uninjured.
UPDATED: INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama under red-flag race stoppage due to rain
UPDATE: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.
Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).
Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:
Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.
The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.