Carpenter OK after another frightening accident in Indy practice (VIDEO)


Add Ed Carpenter’s name to the list of drivers who have suffered a frightening accident in practice this week for the Indianapolis 500, but fortunately emerged unscathed.

The bad news, of course, is that there is a list.

Carpenter joins Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden in having had an accident where his chassis has rolled over after wall contact.

In Carpenter’s case, the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet got loose exiting Turn 2 during Sunday morning’s warmup session and again once backwards, tipped up and rolled over onto the roll hoop.

Carpenter, the two-time defending Indianapolis 500 polesitter, was OK and out of the car. Per’s Marshall Pruett, Carpenter said there were “further issues” beyond at play that caused the crash but declined to elaborate.

His backup car, the No. 20T, has a guaranteed spot of third to roll off for qualifying and the car can go to the rear of the field if it doesn’t hit the tech line. The problem there is that he would not be guaranteed an attempt; the 20T is third in the order and 20 is eighth, and the 20 would not be ready to go. A further explanation is below by USA Today’s Brant James:

However, qualifying is subject to the threat of rain, having already been delayed once from Saturday.

And the concern remains that the accidents keep on coming this week.

Practice this morning remains under a red flag after IMS crews repair the Turn 2 wall.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.