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Dooooooooommmm… This was by far the coolest looking car on the grid.
It’s time for the green! The field funneled down to Turn 1. Last year this resulted in a pileup.
Tony Kanaan faded left to avoid Scott Dixon who was doing the same, looking for any room to pass.
Unfortunately for Kanaan, Sebastian Bourdais was to his left. The two locked wheels and slid against the wall, bringing out an immediate yellow.
The Holmatro safety team separated the two cars and got Bourdais moving. He drove to the pits, but unfortunately the damage was more severe than he thought. The team repaired the car to use the rest of the race as a glorified test session, important since there is no in-season testing allowed in IndyCar.
Kanaan was out immediately, the damage to his sidepod and suspension too much to repair. Neither driver was injured.