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VICS: Charlie Kimball Crashes, Hits Fence in Pocono Qualifying


A red flag was waved for 48 minutes, Saturday at Pocono Raceway during qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar series’ ABC Supply 500.

Following the quickest warm-up lap time in Saturday’s qualiying session for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway, Charlie Kimball lost the back end in Turn 3.

The No. 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet spun 180 degrees backward and slammed the SAFER Barrier before lifting into the air and riding the catch fencing.

The 30-year-old landed right-side-up and spun to a stop before giving the signal that he was OK.

“We had a pretty good warm-up lap and the car was giving me a lot of confidence,” Kimball said, who was released from the infield medical center with only a cut on his chin requiring two stiches.

“I went into Turn 1 and I didn’t like the balace so I made some adjustments. I went into Turn 3 and got caught out by the wind and the [No.] 83 car rotated. I hit sideways and I don’t know what rolled under. I was looking down riding along the top of the wall for a while.”

Leading Saturday’s practice session, Kimball will have to take a back-up car from the rear of the field.

“Overall, I’m happy to get away with just a couple bumps and bruises,” Kimball said.

Kimball’s IndyCar career at Pocono started strong, finishing runner-up to teammate Scott Dixon in 2013.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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