Damage caused by flying wheel cost us chance to win – Daly · RaceFans


A spectacular collision with a flying wheel ended Conor Daly’s hopes of successful Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 after the Carpenter driver led extra laps than any of his rivals.

Talking as Helio Castroneves celebrated in victory lane, Daly pointed to his automotive’s broken nostril and stated: “The one motive we weren’t there may be due to that there.”

Graham Rahal’s automotive shed its left-rear wheel on lap 119 as he re-joined the observe at flip two following a pit cease. It bounced into the trail of Daly, who struck it at velocity with the nostril of his automotive.

Astonishingly, the affect with Rahal’s wayward tyre was minor sufficient that Daly may proceed driving. He even overtook Jack Harvey on the restart and briefly climbed into the highest 10 earlier than finally dropping again to thirteenth.

“This large tyre simply flew out of the sky,” defined Daly. “I had no concept. About par for the course, for me – a flying tyre ruins our race.”

Had the wheel struck another a part of his automotive it could seemingly have meant immediate retirement and presumably a critical crash. Because it was, the harm left him with a major dealing with imbalance.

“We simply needed to work with what we had, proper?” Daly smiled. “The automotive began understeering quite a bit, pushing loads. However I imply, it was good to be up entrance!

“I feel we proved that we could possibly be up there, racing with these guys,” stated Daly, whose 40 laps within the lead are essentially the most for him in any single race in an IndyCar profession that has spanned 70 occasions over eight seasons. “I imply, all the pieces has to go excellent, and in case you hit a flying tyre that you just’ve by no means seen earlier than till it’s proper in entrance of your face – it’s robust!” he laughed.

Ed Carpenter Racing as soon as once more demonstrated nice potential on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway however couldn’t seize the victory they’d labored in direction of all 12 months. Daly’s workforce mate Rinus VeeKay, in his second Indy 500, began from the entrance row and led 32 of the primary 49 laps however got here away with an eighth place end after Rahal’s accident compromised his technique.

VeeKay led the early levels for Carpenter

“I used to be main the primary stint, then I wished to avoid wasting gas behind Conor, so I used to be working second for lots,” stated VeeKay. “After which with the yellow (for Rahal’s accident) we simply form of fell quick, and it didn’t go our method.”

“I used to be working thirteenth with a number of laps to go, after which handed 5 vehicles – so nothing to complain about. Woman luck wasn’t on my facet right now, however there’s many extra races this season, and lots of extra 500s in my future arising.”

Group proprietor Carpenter produced the workforce’s greatest results of the day having spent a lot of the race mired within the midfield after what he known as a “rookie mistake” throughout his first pit cease.

“I stalled the automotive in some way – hadn’t carried out that shortly,” Carpenter defined. He recovered to complete in fifth place.

“I handed a few vehicles to get again as much as fifth. The automotive was actually good, it was simply robust working deep within the pack. Nevertheless it was nice to have the ability to get again to the battle in the long run. From the way it seemed early on, to come back away with a prime 5 – it isn’t a foul day in any respect.”

Picture: Daly by way of Twitter

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