Kimball crashes hard in qualifying at Pocono, escapes with small cut to chin (VIDEO)


Charlie Kimball has been cleared from the medical centre at Pocono Raceway following a terrifying crash during qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 on Saturday afternoon, escaping with just a small cut to his chin.

After topping practice earlier in the day, Kimball recorded the fastest warm-up lap speed before beginning his first of two planned laps in qualifying.

Coming into turn three, the Ganassi driver lost the backend of his car before spinning into the wall nose-first.

His car then rode along the wall before catching some air and hitting the fencing with its rear before coming back down onto the track.

Remarkably, Kimball was unharmed, giving a thumbs up to the onlooking crowd before his car came to rest down by pit exit. He managed to get out of his car unaided, but was swiftly taken to the medical centre for a check-up due to the severity of the incident.

Kimball was quickly cleared, having suffered nothing more but a small cut on his chin.

His car, however, was less fortunate.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.