IndyCar: the spectacular pile-up at the start of the Texas Grand Prix (video)
It has been an eventful weekend in Indycar at Texas Motor Speedway. After a stormy first race, the old one, the second round disputed on the Texas oval was marked, Sunday evening, by a spectacular pile-up at the start.
No less than half a dozen single-seaters were involved in the accident. Including Sébastien Bourdais. Already forced to retire on Saturday, after being thrown against a wall, the Frenchman was caught in the incident. From the first meters of the race, he was hit at the back by Pietro Fittipaldi. This collision caused a chain reaction and a huge pile-up. One of the competitors even saw his car turn over. But more fear than harm. “I obviously didn’t see anything, but Pietro apologized for bumping into us, so I guess it was him and that’s what started it all,” Bourdais said.
The Green flag is out after this incident early in the race involving multiple cars brought out the yellow flag.
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While Romain Grosjean did not take part in the Grand Prix, having decided not to participate in the oval races, Simon Pagenaud went through the drops to finish in 6th place in a race won by Pato O’Ward in front of Josef Newgarden. At almost 22 years old, which he will celebrate on May 6, the Mexican driver signed the first victory of his career and is asserting himself as a serious candidate for the title, he who occupies the 2nd place in the general classification behind Scott Dixon, winner of the eve and 4th in the second round.
With the win, O’Ward should be offered a test drive in Formula 1, as McLaren boss Zack Brown had promised him if he was successful. And this test should take place at the end of the year on the Abu Dhabi circuit. But before that, he and the other drivers meet in Indianapolis for the Grand Prix on May 15, then the 500 miles two weeks later (May 30).