Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya has crashed out of the Iowa Corn 300 only 10 laps into the 300-lap race, with something apparently breaking on his car that sent him into the Turn 2 wall.
Montoya, who led Scott Dixon by 54 points going into the race, looks set to suffer his first DNF of the season in the 13th race.
The max number of points Dixon can gain on Montoya tonight is 47, if the New Zealander scored a maximum 53 points for winning the race and leading the most laps. Montoya will score six points for P24, the minimum.
It looked like apparent suspension failure as Montoya went through the corner and careened into the wall, but had not been officially determined.
Montoya’s engineer Brian Campe told NBCSN’s Jon Beekhuis that the data doesn’t come in quick enough to determine what caused the accident; the team is reviewing the situation.
“I have a little bruise to my hand. Was a little loose. I was biding my time,” Montoya told NBCSN’s Robin Miller. “Something broke as soon as I loaded up. I don’t know what happened.
“I was running high. It was way before the bump. The car just went right.
“Yeah it sucks when it’s completely out of our hands. We don’t know what happened.”
The Colombian also failed to finish last year in Iowa, which has marked his only DNF since his return to IndyCar at the start of the 2014 season.
At Lap 10, Tony Kanaan led Dixon, polesitter Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Will Power.