Rookie Max Chilton Wrecks in Indy 500 Pre-Qualifying Practice

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

INDIANAPOLIS – Max Chilton crashed in the middle of Turn 2 during pre-qualifying practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The practice session was delayed most of the morning due to overnight rain, taking much of the morning to dry the track and pushing back the day’s track activities.

The 25-year-old became the second rookie to wreck this week, with reigning Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot also finding the Turn 1 wall on Wednesday. Chilton knocked down a lap of 228.359 mph the lap prior to his accident.

With qualifying set for Saturday afternoon, Chilton and his No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing team will likely be moving to a backup car.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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