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 RACER.com’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.