Indianapolis Motor Speedway delays qualifications once again following Ed Carpenter’s crash
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 17, 2015) – Indianapolis 500 qualifications were postponed once again on Sunday following Ed Carpenter’s crash earlier in the morning. Practices were originally scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m., but shortly after practice began Ed Carpenter crashed into turn two. All activity on the track was halted.
Around 11:30 a.m., Indy Car officials announced that qualifications would be postponed once again until engineers figure out why the cars keep flipping.
IndyCar’s Mark Miles held a press conference around noon to update everyone on the qualifying situation.
He released this statement:
“This morning we saw a third car get into the wall, turn backward and lift into the air. We’ve said all along we want to go faster, but we want to do so safely.
As a precautionary measure, INDYCAR will require that the cars qualify today in the same aero setup that they will run in the Indianapolis 500 next weekend. Also, for today, boost levels will return to race conditions. Given these changes, we have elected to not award points for today’s qualifications.
Safety for drivers and fans is the top priority for INDYCAR and we will continue to be proactive in our research and development to improve all safety aspects of our sport.”
Here is Sunday’s revised schedule:
1:30 – 2 p.m. – Group 1 practice
2 – 2:30 p.m. – Group 2 practice
*Note: No guaranteed green flag time
2:45 p.m. – Group 1 in tech line
3:15 p.m. – Group 2 in tech line
3:15 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifications (all cars, one time through)
30 minutes following conclusion of qualifying – Group 2 qualifying (Pos. 31-33 and unqualified cars)
*Note: There will be no Fast Nine Shootout