Two of the top-five finishers in the Indianapolis 500 – Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball – are out in the first 15 laps in the first race of this weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans.
On a Lap 6 restart in race one, a four-car incident took Rahal out of the race, and also involved Tony Kanaan, James Jakes and Stefano Coletti.
The field, which is running on a rain-soaked track, was entering Turn 1 when Coletti, Jakes and Kanaan went three-wide. Coletti bounced off of Jakes’ left-rear tire and into Kanaan, sending his No. 10 Chevrolet sponsored by Big Machine Records and featuring Taylor Swift’s THE 1989 WORLD TOUR into the tire barrier.
Rahal then came onto the scene and having nowhere to go, ran into the back of Kanaan’s car, damaging his right-front wheel.
“I think a lot of people are just taking stupid chances early in the race,” Rahal told ABC. “(Josef) Newgarden dove underneath me and I was letting him go and unfortunately, that put me a car width off the inside and Kanaan and Jakes crashed.”
The result ends a three-race streak of top-five finishes for Rahal and his No. 15 Steak N’ Shake team.
“It’s impossible to see right now (because of the rain),” Rahal said. “You just got to be smart out there, be really, really cautious. I was just playing this out as a 70-lap race or two hours, and I don’t think lot of guys are right now.”
The other three cars involved remain in the race, Coletti runs in 11th and Kanaan and Jakes are listed in 22nd and 20th.
Shortly thereafter, Kimball smacked the wall exiting Turn 2, and his No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was done on the spot.
“We caught up and I just hit a puddle into 2 and the car just snapped,” Kimball told ABC’s Jon Beekhuis. “It’s a shame but we’ll come back tomorrow and have a good race.”
It ends a run of three consecutive top-five finishes for Rahal and two in a row for Kimball.