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Baltimore, MD- The scariest incident of the weekend came in Saturday afternoon’s Izod IndyCar Series qualifying session.
Graham Rahal, who had just set the fastest lap of Round 2, got into the Turn 8 tire barriers with just a few minutes to go in the session.
Rahal appeared to be in pain with his wrist as he was visibly shaking his hand and putting his hands over his face in the cockpit while he sat there. In the mean time the series was too slow putting the red flag out as rookie Tristian Vautier slammed into Rahal’s No. 15 blu eCigs Honda while he was sitting there.
Luckily, Vautier and Rahal weren’t injured with that contact as it could have been a lot worse.
Rahal would go to the infield care center to get checked out for his wrist injury but was later released and cleared to drive.
The issue is the series officials should have thrown out the red flag much earlier. Vautier hit Rahal well after 10 seconds after his Honda got into the tires. Rahal could have been getting out of his car when Vautier hit him which could have resulted in a serious injury.
Nevertheless, we’re glad that both drivers are okay and not injured as both can race in tomorrow’s 75 Lap Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT. The Series though has to be more careful in throwing out the red flag as something very serious could have happened over there.
Between that incident and the chicane we’ve seen a lot of action this weekend.
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