Ryan Hunter-Reay crashes in opening practice for Firestone 600

Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed in Turn 2 during opening practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion was working on setups in race trim when the rear end of the #28 DHL Honda slid out, backing it into the wall.

“I’m surprised,” said Hunter-Reay. “The car had a big understeer, a big push in it before that and I was behind two cars and all of a suddent the rear was just gone. I don’t know. We’re going to have to look at the data and try to understand what happened. It was a complete surprise to me.”

The wreck destroyed the tail of the car, but the team will elect to replace the rear end instead of going to a backup car. Hunter-Reay admitted not having a full understanding for what caused the wreck.

“It’s almost more difficult when you don’t know why that happened,” said Hunter-Reay. “When you know why it happened, you can apply and learn from it. Not knowing right away is tough. So we’re going to go back and look at the data and see if we can steer it in the right direction.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief 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, IndyCar.com 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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