Santino Ferrucci wrecks during day 3 of Indy 500 practice

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(Photo Courtesy: IndyCar Series/Joe Skibinski)

INDIANAPOLIS – Santino Ferrucci crashed during Thursday’s Indianapolis 500 practice for the first major incident of the month.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver did a quarter-spin before backing his No. 45 Honda hard into the turn two SAFER Barrier.

“It was your typical turn two situation where the car gets a gust of wind and goes without warning,” said Ferrucci.

The 22-year-old American was noticeably limping after he climbed out of the car and had to be helped into the ambulance.

He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for evaluation of his left leg. He’s been released and since returned to the speedway, but will be checked again in the morning before being cleared to drive.

“I’m a little sore, but happy to be here at IMS,” Ferrucci said. “The guys are working overly hard to make sure our Hy-Vee Honda is back on track and it’s going to be really quick.”

Ferrucci was having a solid day until the wreck. He posted the third fastest time of the day with a speed of 224.922 miles per hour behind Tony Kanaan and Conor Daly.

This year will be his third attempt to qualify for the Indy 500. He finished fourth last year and seventh in 2019, earning him rookie of the year honors.

He’s been racing part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season with Sam Hunt Racing.

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