LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was involved in a high-impact crash during qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.
Hunter-Reay lost control during a warm-up lap coming out of Turn 3 and needed assistance out of his car and limped to the ambulance. Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion, appeared to lose control of the No. 28 Honda and the left side slammed the protective soft wall. The car shot down the track and hit the inside wall.
Hunter-Reay was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest for further evaluation, according to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves also was involved in a violent wreck. He was uninjured.
Pocono Raceway is a 2.5-mile superspeedway with three turns – all of varying degrees and lengths. In 2015, Andretti Autosport’s Justin Wilson was killed during the race here when he was struck by a piece of debris from an accident ahead of him.
2017 Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato posted an average of 219.639 mph to win the pole Saturday.
Sato was the last driver to take his qualifying laps and went out moments after his teammate, Hunter-Reay, crashed.
Josef Newgarden, the points leader, has won the last two IndyCar races. He qualified 14th.
Simon Pagenaud joins Sato on the front row. Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan are on the second row.