Two major accidents shortened the IZOD IndyCar Series' morning warm-up on the streets of Baltimore, the most serious involving Brazilian countrymen Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan. (Scroll down for video)
Entering Turn 1, Kanaan's brakes failed, and he launched over the right side of Castroneves's car. Kanaan tore through Castroneves's right rear wing, sidepod, and right-front tire, going airborne before landing on the ground and crashing through several sets of tire barriers.
Castroneves was attempting to turn into the corner but did not make a full turn-in point; had he been further to the right, the situation could have been worse.
“I just was out of pits, with the tires a bit cold,” Castroneves explained. “Everything was fine, and under control. I didn't see Tony to be honest. When I saw it, I saw an undertray. I realized it was him. He really flew. I was really worried. He landed in a bad position. I'm glad he was OK – but a very scary accident. I understand he lost the brakes, and I think I softened the crash for him.”
Kanaan confirmed the assessment.
“I had no brakes,” he said. “Fortunately I ended up hitting Helio, and if it wasn't for him, it would have been hurt. It was frightening. Going 190mph and no brakes, is not fun. I was angry because of the brakes – it's not a fun thing. Helio saved my life today. I was thanking him. A brake failure in a racecar is not a good thing.”
The crash shortened the session and when it restarted, another accordion effect happened with contact between Ana Beatriz and JR Hildebrand at Turn 1. That situation was exacerbated when James Jakes came in at normal speed and punted both cars, putting both of them up in the air.
Panther's Hildebrand appears to have relatively minor right-front suspension damage, while Kanaan and Castroneves will take the start in backup cars. Kanaan's backup is set up in oval form.
With the session punctuated, no realistic times were set but Simona de Silvestro and Danica Patrick showed their mettle in three laps. De Silvestro led the 28-car field with a lap at 1:24.0676, some four seconds off the pole position, ahead of Patrick and Kanaan.