ALMS Baltimore race red-flagged after multi-car pileup at start (VIDEO)

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The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT has gotten off to an unfortunate start with a massive crash as the cars straddled the Pratt Street chicane, but did not actually go through the chicane, headed for the green flag.

A slow start from the two P1 class cars – with Dyson Racing getting an apparent jump on polesitting Muscle Milk Pickett Racing – backed the field up and triggered an almost immediate chain reaction, accordion effect accident.

Behind them, Scott Tucker, driving the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b P2 class car, appeared to clip the first and third tire barriers at the first and third apex of the chicane. Anthony Lazzaro, in the No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD, hit Tucker and spun him into the concrete wall on the inside.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, as I’m still not sure exactly what happened other than I got hit from behind and spun into the wall,” Tucker said. “Then there were 3 or 4 GT cars that were coming straight me right there. I knew it was going to be a big hit. At a higher speed it could have been even more serious.”

Things got worse as the GT field piled into Tucker, with absolutely nowhere to go. GT cars involved included all three Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs, the No. 17 from Team Falken Tire, No. 48 from Paul Miller Racing and No. 06 from CORE autosport, and two others, the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia and No. 93 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R.

Car No. 18 from Performance Tech Motorsports was also involved, and the GTC field of spec Porsche GT3 Cup cars all stopped in avoidance.

All drivers: Tucker, Wolf Henzler (No. 17), Bryce Miller (No. 48), Olivier Beretta (No. 62), Kuno Wittmer (No. 93) and Tom Kimber-Smith (No. 06) have been checked, cleared and released without injury.

The race itself was immediately red flagged. The two-hour race distance will be shortened, as per ALMS, the race will have to end at 6:15 p.m. ET local time.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool