Alex Tagliani crashes during qualifying run at IMS

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Tagliani crashing into wall

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Alex Tagliani crashed during a warm-up lap for his qualifying run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.

“Inside the cockpit, I thought I was going to be able to catch it back, but I lost rear traction on the right rear,” Tagliani said.  “It was really late in the corner, so that caught me.  I thought I was okay exiting four to launch the lap.”

The A.J. Foyt Enterprises driver hit the wall that separates the track and pit before taking the green flag for his qualifying attempt.

“By the time I was heading to the pit lane, I knew I was going to hit,” said Tagliani.  “When the car wiggled, I thought I corrected it enough, but it wasn’t enough.”

He was checked, cleared and released from the infield care center.

“I’m really sorry for the team,” Tagliani said.  “We struggled with the same characteristic yesterday.  We thought we had it more under control today, but I guess this time it really caught us.”