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Munoz injured after car hits wall during Phoenix qualifying

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AVONDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Carlos Munoz of Columbia, driver of the #26 Andretti Autosport Honda IndyCar leads Mikhail Aleshin of Russia, driver of the #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport IndyCar during practice for the Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway on April 1, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — IndyCar driver Carlos Munoz had to be lifted from his car and was placed on a stretcher after crashing during qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday.

Munoz lost control of his car in Turn 1, spinning it up the banking into the wall. The back end of Munoz’s No. 26 Andretti Autosport car slammed hard into the wall.

Munoz was alert when medical personnel arrived, but the Colombian appeared to be in considerable pain as he was lifted out of the car onto a stretcher and taken to the infield medical center.

Munoz was released after being evaluated for soft tissue injuries to his legs. He said his knees were sore, but he was looking forward to getting back into the car.