Barron Makes Contact with SAFER Barrier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, IN (April 29, 2004) -- Barron made contact with the SAFER wall between Turns 1 and 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the second day of open testing for the...
Barron Makes Contact with SAFER Barrier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Speedway, IN (April 29, 2004) -- Barron made contact with the SAFER wall between Turns 1 and 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the second day of open testing for the 88th Indianapolis 500.
"I was going into Turn 1 when I lost control of the rear end of the car," Barron explained. "I was trying to counter-steer to avoid hitting the wall, but I came up the track and hit the wall along the right side of the car. It felt like something broke. We'll have to look at the data and figure out what happened."
Barron was checked and released from the medical center with only a slightly bruised right foot, but the incident put an early end to Red Bull Cheever Racing's testing day. The No. 51 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone suffered heavy damage to the right side and rear of the car. The accident was believed to be caused by a mechanical failure.
"We're still trying to determine what happened," said managing director Max Jones. "It's unfortunate that we have to stop testing a few hours early because up until then we were having a good test, but we decided not to have Ed Carpenter finish testing either until we completely understand what went wrong."
Barron's contact was one of three morning accidents that brought out the yellow flag over the 2.5 mile oval speedway. Before his incident, Barron logged a fast lap of 41.3774sec, 217.510mph. Teammate Ed Carpenter had an incident-free morning session and lapped the track at 41.6604 sec, 216.032mph.
Red Bull Cheever Racing headed back to their Indianapolis-based race shop to prepare for opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 9.