INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Qualifications were delayed Sunday following Ed Carpenter’s crash during practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Practice is now set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with qualifications starting at 3:15 p.m.
Carpenter’s accident is the third airborne crash in the past week.
Officials spoke about the delay and gave an update on safety concerns in a press conference Sunday afternoon.
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Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of IndyCar and the IMS, released the following statement:
This morning we saw a third car get into the wall, turn backward and lift into the air. We’ve said all along we want to go faster, but we want to do so safely.
As a precautionary measure, INDYCAR will require that the cars qualify today in the same aero setup that they will run in the Indianapolis 500 next weekend. Also, for today, boost levels will return to race conditions. Given these changes, we have elected to not award points for today’s qualifications.
Safety for drivers and fans is the top priority for INDYCAR and we will continue to be proactive in our research and development to improve all safety aspects of our sport.
Carpenter’s car flipped upside down and was riding on its side bar in the crash Sunday morning.
IMS tweeted the updated schedule: