Robert Wickens' Crash in Practice Adds To Tough Month of May For Schmidt-Peterson
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- It's just not a good month of May for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports.
It's bad enough that for the team that its most popular driver, James Hinchcliffe, will not be in the Indianapolis 500 after being bumped from the field on Bump Day.
To add to the team's problems, Hinchliffe's teammate Robert Wickens crashed his #6 car in practice Monday afternoon.
"I just lost the rear of the car in Turn 2. I caught it and then lost it and then caught it again, but by then I just ran out of track and brushed the wall," Wickens said outside the infield care center at IMS. "Pretty bad suspension damage on both sides."
"Car's in a mess," adds Schmidt-Peterson GM Piers Phillips. "Fairly comprehensive right-hand side damage. It's been a fairly rough two weeks. A lot fo challenges. Some highs, some lows, but we're digging in."
This is the first time Wickens has crashed in his short tenure in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
With Hinchcliffe out of the race, Wickens is now the top SPM driver. He will roll off 18th when the green flag drops on race day.
REPLAY: @robertwickens has been checked, released and cleared from the infield hospital 🏥 following this incident.
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