IRL: Indy 500: Robby Gordon day two summary

Robby Gordon OK After Indy 500 Practice Accident INDIANAPOLIS -- Robby Gordon was uninjured in a single-car accident with approximately 10 minutes remaining in Monday's Indianapolis 500 practice session. Gordon lost control of the ...

Robby Gordon OK After Indy 500 Practice Accident

INDIANAPOLIS -- Robby Gordon was uninjured in a single-car accident with approximately 10 minutes remaining in Monday's Indianapolis 500 practice session. Gordon lost control of the Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet in turn one and hit the wall. Gordon was checked and immediately released from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield medical center. The car received left-side suspension, underwing, rear wing and bodywork damage and Gordon plans to drive his team's backup Meijer Chevy in Tuesday practice.

"I went down into turn one and the car compressed in the corner and the rear got a little bit sideways," Gordon recalled. "I tried to save it and it hooked back the other way and spun around.

"It is what it is. When you can walk away from one here, it doesn't matter how fast you were going. We were going to run four straight hot laps on new tires and our warmup lap was over 218 mph. I think we were going to be pretty good. We'll be fine."

Gordon finished the session, delayed by rain, 10th fastest at 218.446 mph. Helio Castroneves was quick on the day at 220.300 mph.

Robby Gordon on SAFER barrier system at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Robby Gordon quotes about the SAFER barrier system at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after Monday practice accident:

"The SAFER barrier definitely reduced the damage to the car. And, as you can see (to reporters in the garage area), I'm fine. No problems with me at all, and I think we can get this car (primary No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet) back on the track and use it for qualifying. I think the SAFER barrier is tremendous and I think every racetrack in the world should look at what they are doing here at Indianapolis."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Helio Castroneves