Ryan Hunter-Reay wrecks in first IndyCar practice at Texas Motor Speedway


FORT WORTH – Ryan Hunter-Reay was cleared in the infield medical center after crashing in the first practice session for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hunter-Reay was driving through the center of Turn 2 when his No. 28 DHL Honda got loose, spun backward and hit the outside wall before sliding down to the inside wall at the beginning of the backstretch.

“It was a big surprise, turned the car around,” Hunter-Reay said. “Got up into dirty air and the rear just came around. We’ll have to go back and look at it. Trying to get a glimpse at how everyone is running here, but we’ll have to go back and look at what happened.

Hunter-Reay was sixth fastest in the session with a speed of 214.170 mph when the accident occurred with about 35 minutes left in the 75-minute session. The Andretti Autosport driver said he doesn’t yet know if the crash was related to the new aero kit being introduced at TMS.

“We’re testing and trying some things. It was out first race simulation run,” Hunter-Reay said. “I’m not really sure, can’t say what happened. It was a complete surprise.”

Hunter-Reay doesn’t know if the car can be fixed in time for qualifying.