Indianapolis 500 rookie Spencer Pigot has crashed heavily out of Turn 1, two hours into Wednesday practice.

Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights champion, is driving the No. 16 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in his first Indy 500 this May. 

About two hours into six hours of practice scheduled for today, he lost control, spinning backwards and slamming the outside wall at corner exit of Turn 1. The car came to a rest on the apron at the entrance of Turn 2.

He has since been checked and released from the infield care center.

“The car was feeling pretty good. I think we'd been making improvements. We'd just done our quickest lap, I think, the run before, so everything was feeling good. So not really sure what happened there, so we'll just have to go and look to see what caused the spin. It's obviously a big setback for me, for the team, obviously not what you want to happen on just the second day. Like I said, we'll just try to put everything back together and then pick up where we left off."

The session was stopped for 18 minutes while repairs were made to the SAFER barrier where Pigot hit. At the time of the incident, Pigot was 15th-quickest with a fast lap of 223.667 mph after running 39 laps.


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