Robert Wickens wrecks during Monday’s Indy 500 practice

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Robert Wickens crashed nose-first into the wall on the back stretch during Monday afternoon’s Indy 500 practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“It’s a bummer,” Wickens told Indy Sports Central.  “Obviously, nobody wants it, especially this close to the race.  Lesson learned.  It just came out of nowhere.”

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie climbed out of his car on his own after the wreck.

“I’m fine,” said Wickens.  “These cars are super safe.  First crash in IndyCar, so I guess it had to happen eventually.”

Wickens appeared to clip the wall exiting turn two, nearly saved it, but ultimately could not and turned back into the wall again.

“There was suspension damage on both sides,” Wickens said. “I was just trying to slow down and get it under control and the car just violently went to the right and went head on into the wall.”

The SPM crew will have three days to repair the No. 6 Honda before the final Indy 500 practice on Carb Day on Friday.

Wickens qualifed in 18th in row six with a speed of 226.296 miles per hour.