The second caution of the day came on Lap 66, but was due to a much less drastic incident than that of Scott Dixon and Jay Howard earlier in the race.
Conor Daly went two-wide into the Turn 3 with Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Tresiba Honda, Ganassi Racing Teams) on the inside. Daly got loose and the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevy of AJ Foyt Racing ended up making right-side contact with the Turn 3 wall. The young Indiana-native came on the radio, apologizing to his crew, “I’m so sorry, guys. I’m so sorry, that was my fault.”
Conor was running light on downforce because they didn’t have the grip with the tires that they wanted and they were lacking mechanical power. He spoke to Dr. Jerry Punch after being checked and cleared from infield medical, and cleared to drive,
“Turn 2 there was a big stack up and everyone was spread out all down the back straight. I was about 4-wide I think and I was trying to get around the 83 car. Everyone jumped off the throttle entering (Turn) 3, so I had to pop to the outside and basically, you never really wanna be that high in (Turn) 3. And do, I lost the rear on entry once, twice, and then it was gone. It was a shame.”
In the midst of the incident, the No. 4 shed some debris which the No. 50 of Jack Harvey went over, cutting the right front tire of the Michael Shank Racing/Andretti Autosport entry. Harvey’s car immediately turned in to the left, towards the grass, and what you may not have noticed… is how close he came to hitting a Holmatro Safety Truck that was coming out from behind the wall to assist Daly. Thankfully the truck noticed the oncoming Honda and immediately halted, avoiding what could have been a catastrophic collision.
Harvey was checked and released from infield medical and also cleared to drive. He reflected on the day saying,
“It’s a super disappointing day because we worked so hard to get here so to have the day end like this is heartbreaking. I was slowing down and trying to avoid everything so I don’t know what else I could have done at that point. This was still the best experience I’ve ever had.”
You can hear in that commentary, how much he appreciates this opportunity. Sadly, Harvey is not confirmed for any future races with the Verizon IndyCar Series this season, and while Shank is more focused on running in just the Indy 500 for the time being, hopefully something can come together for the 24-year old driver with his AutoNation sponsorship. Afterall, they did confirm Harvey would be in their Drive Pink campaign for the month of June, so wouldn’t it make sense that we see him in a car at the Detroit double-header, or even Road America?
We already know of one seat that needs to be filled for those races, and it’s the No. 18 of Dale Coyne Racing. Considering Harvey has moved to the United States with dedicated aspirations of racing in IndyCar full-time, wouldn’t it make sense to get him back in a car as soon as possible? We’ll see what happens, but as of now, that No. 18 does not have a confirmed replacement driver for the injured Sebastien Bourdais as of yet.
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