Kellett is the first to crash while preparing for the Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Dalton Kellett became the first driver to crash on Monday while preparing for the Indianapolis 500, ending a six-day streak without major incident.

Kellett crashed just over 30 minutes from the end of the only two-hour session of track time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The AJ Foyt Racing driver lost grip while running on the outside lane and spun into the outside wall.

Kellett said his feet hurt after the crash, likely from hitting them on the pedal bulkhead. He was assessed and released from the care center after the accident. The Canadian watched replays of his crash and felt Indy 500 rookie Romain Grosjean played a role because Grosjean pushed him high rather than lining up past Kellett.

“I still feel like next Sunday we’ll be ready to go,” Kellett said.

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin had a slight pit lane spin but recovered and got back on track in the only other incident in the only practice this week until “Carb Day ” friday.

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TO SLOW DOWN

the power boost that produced record speeds in qualifying gone when the teams swapped their engines for the power plants that will be used in Sunday’s race.

That meant speeds were back to normal, but the Chip Ganassi Racing gang was still the fastest. IndyCar champion Alex Palou paced Monday’s session at 229.441 mph, while poleman Scott Dixon finished second at 229,000 – a considerable drop from the four-lap average of 234.046 mph (376.661 km/h) which he displayed in breaking the 1996 speed record. .

Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, was third at 228.381 and his Ganassi teammates Marcus Ericsson fifth and Tony Kanaan 22nd.

Honda riders took the top five places – two-time winner Takuma Sato was fourth fastest – and 11 of the fastest 14 places. Josef Newgarden (sixth), Conor Daly (seventh) and Sage Karam (ninth) were Chevrolet’s best.

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“I may not have performed over the weekend, so it’s good to be back here instead of waiting until Carb Day and hoping it doesn’t rain,” Daly said. “I feel good. I love this training day, and just the fact that we can drive is great.

SATO’S APOLOGY

A calmer Marco Andretti forgave Sato for hampering his qualifying attempt on Saturday.

Sato didn’t leave the track after his race, so when Andretti took off he had to slow down as he got closer to Sato’s car. He was livid after the race and his team demanded that it be erased from the books. IndyCar didn’t budge, but Sato was penalized for interference.

“He’s the nicest guy in the world,” Andretti said. “He sent me a paragraph apologizing.”

WILSON BACK ON THE TRACK

Stefan Wilson, the 33rd entered, finally got back on track on Monday after car problems ruled him out during qualifying.

An error during Friday practice led to an engine change ordered by Chevrolet on the #25 DragonSpeed/Cusick Motorsports car. This prevented Wilson from making a qualifying run and he will start the field last on Sunday.

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Wilson completed 88 laps on Monday and reached 224.305 mph.

THEY SAID IT

jimmy johnson used a wonderful stop on Sunday to stop his side race car to crash during his qualifying race. The move impressed his fellow contestants and Daly said he texted Johnson later that night to tell him.

“I said his new nickname is Jimmie ‘Drift King’ Johnson,” Daly said. “He replied at 6.45am this morning saying his name was ‘Diaper Changer’ Johnson. Sounds less exciting than I imagined, but he is a father to many children, so I understand.

Johnson has two daughters.

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