It sounds like Andretti Autosport teammates James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay are fine and good with each other after a multi-car incident that involved the pair during last Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Lap 54 incident started with Ryan Hunter-Reay going for the lead against Josef Newgarden in Turn 4, and ended with not only both of them in the wall, but also Hinchcliffe and several other drivers collected in the aftermath.
Hunter-Reay’s gamble didn’t sit too well with Hinchcliffe, who was clearly frustrated afterwards. The Canadian dubbed Hunter-Reay’s attempt to pass Newgarden a “rookie move” and also said that “patience is a virtue and someone wasn’t very virtuous today.”
But according to Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star, Hinchcliffe said that he and Hunter-Reay were “already joking about” the Long Beach incident and that Hunter-Reay didn’t seem to take his criticism personally.
“He ruined my race; I could have said a lot worse,” he told Cavin this afternoon.
Hunter-Reay later tweeted Sunday night that he would take the blame for the crash, which he called a “split second decision that backfired.”
The crash also left Hinchcliffe with an apparently injured wrist. When he was interviewed post-crash, he said nothing was broken and he’s now told Cavin that he has no trouble with it.
Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe will both look for better days next weekend at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Sun., Apr. 27, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra). Hunter-Reay is the defending champion of the race.
It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”
But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.
Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.
Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:
- 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
- 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
- 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
- 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual NASCAR America Motorsports Special. Among segments included in the 90-minute show will be:1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.
4) An essay by Nate Ryan on Danica Patrick as she looks to compete in her final Indy 500 before retiring from professional racing.