WATCH: Siegel's Shocking Airborne Crash Halts Indy 500 Practice

Published May 17, 2024 at 5:52 PM

Fast Friday at the Indianapolis 500 was abruptly halted after a harrowing incident involving up-and-coming racer Nolan Siegel.

The 19-year-old Californian was attempting a qualifying simulation when his #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda lost control and collided with the Turn 2 wall. The crash was not just a setback for Siegel, who saw his vehicle briefly become airborne before skidding to a stop on the track, but it also paused the day's practice, causing a stir among teams and spectators alike.


"I don't know [what happened] to be honest," Siegel confessed, visibly shaken after the crash. After being checked and released from the infield medical center, he reviewed footage of the incident and expressed remorse over the situation. "Feel bad for the team that's been working so hard for so long for this and just kind of threw it away. So not at all happy about that one. But, we'll move forward and see if we can get back out and qualify for the race tomorrow."

This mishap marks Siegel's entry into a notorious week of accidents, following incidents involving Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Linus Lundqvist and Andretti Global's Marcus Ericsson, the 2022 Indy 500 champion. Despite the challenges, Siegel remains determined to tackle the qualifiers, albeit potentially in a spare car. "We're probably going to have go back to the spare car, and we don't know exactly where that's going to be. I'll look into what I can do differently. I'm fine. I feel like I can go back out and we'll have a chance at making the race at least, but certainly a setback we didn't need so my apologies to everyone."

The incident required some patchwork to the track where Siegel's car suspension dug into the surface, highlighting the intense and unpredictable nature of motorsport. As the young driver reflects on his experience and prepares for the next step, the racing community watches closely, hoping for a safer continuation of one of auto racing's most revered spectacles.

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WATCH: Siegel's Shocking Airborne Crash Halts Indy 500 Practice

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