Sound-off: Drivers involved give their take on race-ending crash

Motorsport.com spoke with all three drivers involved in the multi-car accident that ended the IndyCar race at NOLA.

The inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana ended on a rough note for a few drivers, namely Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais.

It was not a professional move on (RHR's) side, and I just can’t believe he doesn’t see it, it’s stupid

Simon Pagenaud

The trio were involved in an accident heading to turn three where Pagenaud went off course after turn two after running out of room on Ryan Hunter-Reay’s right hand side.

Pagenaud and RHR not seeing eye-to-eye

Pagenaud slid on the wet grass with his dry weather tires and collided with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais, cracking the tub on Bourdais’s car.

Pagenaud wasn’t too pleased with Hunter-Reay.

“Ryan [Hunter-Reay] pushed me off the track, so you have no more room, you have no more room. It was not a professional move on his side, and I just can’t believe he doesn’t see it, it’s stupid,” Pagenaud told Motorsport.com

The guys out there, they need to up their games, I mean, we look like monkeys out there

Sebastien Bourdais

Hunter-Reay saw the accident differently.

“We had some good clean racing earlier, he [Pagenaud] put himself on the outside, I was taking the regular racing line. That was the regular racing line through the corner and he kept himself in there when the track was running out. Bourdais’s to my left, I don’t really know where to go other than that,” Hunter-Reay said.

Bourdais, an innocent victim

Bourdais was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“If I had known obviously that Simon was in the grass I would have bailed out, but I didn’t see anything,” Bourdais said.

The fiery Frenchman wasn’t too pleased with the other drivers, like Pagenaud.

“Yeah, but the guys out there, they need to up their games, I mean, we look like monkeys out there. It’s just really time to stop behaving like we do because you have people spinning everywhere and it’s sad. It’s just a shame,” Bourdais said.

Track conditions result in a multiple incidents

Pagenaud at least liked driving in the mixed conditions but was also put-off by the number of incidents.

“It was great, Indycar made the perfect call, track was really good, wet tires was fun in the beginning, then red tires, it’s really fun conditions, shame about so many yellows but that’s down to the drivers to keep it on the track.”

Hunter-Reay also commented on the interesting track conditions.

“It was really tricky just because it was in-between the whole time. So you were either on dries in the wet conditions or you were on wets in the drying conditions, it was really tough,” Hunter-Reay said.

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Series IndyCar
Event New Orleans
Track NOLA Motorsports Park
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Simon Pagenaud
Article type Interview
Tags andretti autosport, team penske