By lap six, the Italian driver was setting a pace faster than the leaders and by lap 16, he had gained 11 positions from the start, running in 12th
JR Hildebrand and Luca Filippi will fill the seat of the No. 98 car to complete the 2013 season.
Team owner Bryan Herta: "It's a shame we got hit early and had some damage."
In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series travels to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.