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Buddy Lazier’s wreck forces teams to reconsider strategies in remainder of Indy 500

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Buddy Lazier has been involved in a single-car crash in Sunday’s 101st Indianapolis 500.

The 49-year-old Lazier, who won the 1996 Indy 500, was entering Turn 2 on Lap 122 when the back end of his car came around, backing him into the wall.

Lazier exited the car under his own power and was taken to the infield care center.

While the wreck itself was fairly routine, the bigger picture is the pit strategy that teams will take in light of Lazier’s wreck. Several drivers started coming onto pit road on Lap 124 – 76 laps from the finish of the scheduled 200-lap event.

But several others stayed out on the track to try and gain track position. If the race continues under green, the strategies in play after Lazier’s wreck could become the difference between who wins and who falls short.

Ryan Hunter-Reay is running first, followed by Fernando Alonso and Alexander Rossi.

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Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”