Hunter-Reay taken to local hospital after Pocono qualifying crash

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 20, 2017

Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was involved in a high-impact crash during qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.

Simon Pagenaud was second for Penske, with the outfit gradually improving throughout the day after a hard start to proceedings during the first practice session.

Simon Pagenaud took an excellent second place for Team Penske-Chevrolet on a weekend when Honda appeared to have the edge, clocking a 219.395mph average to beat Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda's Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan and Penske teammate Will Power, who was second driver to hit the track.

Helio Castroneves managed to bounce back in fifth for Penske after a heavy shunt during qualifying, with his mechanics performing a masterful turnaround on his vehicle to allow him to complete valuable laps after a far from straightforward day.

Josef Newgarden, the points leader, has won the last two IndyCar races. Following his shunt in the morning practice session, his Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet team failed by just six minutes to make the tech inspection line with its repaired vehicle.

However it was a day of mixed emotions for team owner Michael Andretti.

After an evaluation in the medical centre by IndyCar medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Hunter-Reay was transported by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest for further evaluation, although his participation in the remainder of the weekend is seriously in doubt.

Further down the order four-time champion Scott Dixon could only manage P14, despite initially topping the session before a caution period for a track inspection disrupted proceedings.

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