INDIANAPOLIS — The rear-tire modified of Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Ford was struck and pinned up in opposition to the Crew Penske automobile on Lap 16 of NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, the crew member, Zach Worth, smiled and gave a thumbs up as he was positioned on a stretcher by the AMR security group and seems to be ‘OK’.
The incident occurred close to the beginning of pit street throughout Stage 1 on Lap 16 throughout NASCAR’s first competitors warning of the 160-lap race. It was unclear initially what sparked the accident, however two automobiles ended up sideways whereas Blaney was already in his pit field.
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Justin Allgaier drove by dangerously near Worth on the precise of the No. 12, and whereas the crewman leapt as much as attempt to miss the No. 48, video confirmed he could have gotten tapped initially, although Allgaier’s crew chief Cliff Daniels advised the driving force over the radio he wasn’t at fault.
Following Allgaier’s doable near-miss, Brennan Poole additionally swerved left on pit lane, attempting to overlook the pile up and pinned Worth’s legs and decrease torso in opposition to the precise rear of Blaney’s automobile. Worth was in a position to hobble away from the chaos, and he was shortly tended to after which taken to the hospital for additional analysis. The pile-up additionally introduced on a pink flag for a number of minutes as all of the carnage was assessed and cleaned up, following the race’s earlier hour-long climate delay forward of the beginning.
At simply 24 toes broad, the pit lane at IMS is the narrowest on NASCAR’s circuit.
In totality, practically 10 automobiles had been concerned within the accident on pit street, and it ended the times of Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Preece, Corey LaJoie, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Poole and Allgaier.
For Allgaier and the remainder of the Hendricks Motorsports group on the No. 48, the early finish to their day was notably irritating, lower than 48 hours after the group introduced that four-time Brickyard 400 champ Jimmie Johnson had examined constructive for COVID-19 on Friday evening. The group slid Allgaier, the Xfinity sequence driver who completed seventh Saturday afternoon within the Pennzoil 150 on the IMS street course, into Johnson’s seat for the time-being, whereas he is sidelined for at the very least the subsequent two weeks. After a 14-day quarantine, he have to be cleared by a doctor and obtained two damaging COVID-19 checks earlier than he can return to the cockpit.
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