INDIANAPOLIS — The first practice crash occurred on Thursday when Fernando Alonso hit the outside SAFER barrier in Turn 4 during happy hour. Alonso, appeared to have gotten too low in the apex of the corner and got loose when doing so. That forced him to skate up the track and hit the outside wall in his No. 66 Chevrolet.
He would slide off the wall down the front stretch and do a half spin and slide backwards onto pit lane.
The contact wasn’t too severe as he was able to walk away unscathed. The appear to be fixing the car as it should be able to be repaired overnight and ready for Fast Friday’s action in qualifying trim.
It was the second straight year that Alonso found the Turn 4 wall. Last year, he crashed in Turn 3 during practice and wound up in the Turn 4 wall as a result too.
“You lose the car, you lose the grip of the car and this place, the walls are coming very close,” Alonso said after being treated and released from the infield care center. “Unfortunately, it happened again.
“We’ll learn from this. Nothing we can do now. Tomorrow, we’ll start again.”
Luckily, there’s only 33 cars here this year, so Alonso is in no danger of missing the show for a second consecutive year.