Connor Flips at IMS But Escapes Injury INDIANAPOLIS, June 17 - Larry Connor of Centerville, Ohio escaped injury Friday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a spectacular accident during the first Menards Infiniti Pro Series ...
Connor Flips at IMS But Escapes Injury
INDIANAPOLIS, June 17 - Larry Connor of Centerville, Ohio escaped injury Friday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a spectacular accident during the first Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice/qualifying session for Saturday's Liberty Challenge race.
The event is a support race for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
A car driven by Arie Luyendyk Jr. reportedly made contact with the right rear of Connor's Genoa Racing/The Connor Group Dallara Infiniti No. 36 as it entered turn 11 of the 2.605-mile road course and catapulted Connor's car approximately 7 feet into the air. Onlookers reported that Connor's car flipped twice in mid-air before it finally landed in a gravel trap on its right side and then tipped back upright.
Connor had only completed four laps and was working his fifth lap when the crash occurred.
"It was very early in the practice session, and I was just taking it easy," Connor said. "I came out of [turn] 10 and turned into [turn] 11, and somebody hit me in my right-rear tire and catapulted me into the air. I never saw him, but I was in the air long enough to think that this was going to be one wild ride.
"I saw stars," he continued. "It was a big ride and a big hit. That's the first time I've been upside down in a race car, and I've been racing for quite awhile. I feel a little woozy and my legs are a little messed up, but I'm fine."
Connor got out of the car under his own power. He was examined and released from the Clarian Infield Care Center.
"I can tell you that these Infiniti Pro Series cars are very well built," Connor added. "That was a hard hit and the car is badly damaged, but the driver's compartment held up well."
All four corners of the car were damaged and the Genoa Racing pit crew immediately got to work to try to replace components and make repairs so Connor could race here tomorrow, but later the team decided the damage was too extensive to repair in one day so the car was withdrawn from this race. The team will now focus on getting the car ready for the next Menards Infiniti Pro Series event.
Although he was just warming up his tires and getting a feel for the car prior to the accident, Connor ran a lap in 1:35.478 right before the crash for an average speed of 158.059 kph.
Connor left the track before the next Pro series practice session to head back to Watkins Glen, N.Y. He's also driving two historic cars in two races at Watkins Glen International this weekend: an ex-Michael Schumacher 1991 Benneton B191 Formula 1 car and a two-liter Lola 292.
Connor is also scheduled to drive in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Watkins Glen Sept. 25.
For more information on Connor's company, see theconnorgrp.com. For more information on the Menards Infiniti Pro Series, see indyracing.com/pro. For more information on the historic races see hsrace.com and usboss.com. Other interesting information can be found on indianapolismotorspeedway.com, theglen.com and restartcommunications.com.