The NASCAR Cup Sequence had an early scheduled competitors warning flag for at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. However as vehicles rolled down pit highway for some early changes, there was a multi-car pileup close to the pit highway entrance on Lap 16, and a crew member was hit.
Simply as NBC’s broadcast for the Brickyard 400 — formally referred to as the Large Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered By Large Machine Data — defined how Indy’s pit highway, with a 55 mile-per-hour pace restrict, is the narrowest of all of the Cup Sequence tracks, chaos broke out with contact and flying tires.
As vehicles coming to pit highway piled up, Zach Value, the rear tire changer for Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Group Penske Ford, seemed to be struck by the No. 15 automotive of Brennan Poole and was briefly pinched between the 2 vehicles. Value’s helmet popped off, and he was in a position to crawl out of the center of pit highway.
The race was pink flagged, and security crews attended to Value, who smiled and gave a thumbs up whereas on a stretcher.
Value was transported to an space hospital for additional analysis of his injured leg.
Steve Letarte — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s former crew chief who now works in NBC’s broadcast sales space with Earnhardt — defined throughout the broadcast:
“[Michael McDowell in the No. 34 car] slowed down as a result of he is pitting straight in entrance of the 12. In order he slows down, you possibly can see they stacked up behind him, similar to on the interstate. When somebody slows down, nobody’s anticipating it, all people checks up, and, clearly, the chain response. There began to be contact and simply no room to keep away from it.”
Along with Blaney and Poole, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece, Chris Buescher, Corey LaJoie and Justin Allgaier — who’s behind the wheel of the No. 48 Chevrolet and filling in for Jimmie Johnson, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 — had been concerned within the pit highway wreck. And the race was over early for Truex, Allgaier, Stenhouse, LaJoie, Preece and Poole.
After being evaluated and launched from the infield care middle, Allgaier — who races full-time within the second-tier NASCAR XFINITY Sequence — informed NBC about his vantage level whereas driving down pit highway:
“The No. 15 really acquired behind me. I didn’t know if I acquired the gentleman on the No. 12 (Ryan Blaney’s crew member) or not. As soon as the wreck began taking place in entrance of us and all of us acquired bottled-up there, one automotive after one other had been getting run into. Only a disgrace. I hate it for these guys on this Ally No. 48. They’ve executed such a terrific job. They’ve ready so nicely for the circumstances.”
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