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IndyCar Pocono: Rossi, others collected in lap 1 crash

NBC Sports logo NBC Sports 8/18/2019 Michael Eubanks
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Five drivers, including IndyCar championship contender Alexander Rossi, were collected in multi-car crash in the first lap of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.

The crash began shortly after the green flag waved and the field safely made its way through Turn 1 of the 2.5-mile, 3-Turn superspeedway. As the field approached Turn 2, Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi, and Ryan Hunter-Reay were racing three-wide when Sato cut across the track, making contact with both Rossi and Hunter-Reay.

The impact sent all three off-course as Sato and Hunter-Reay hit the inside wall before rolling back onto the racing surface in Turn 2.

Sato’s car then made contact with the No. 10 Honda of Felix Rosenqvist, sending Rosenqvist’s car airborne into the Turn 2 wall. James Hinchliffe also made contact with the outside wall when he attempted to avoid hitting the damaged cars of Sato, Rossi and Hunter-Reay.

All drivers walked away from the accident safely, though Felix Rosenqvist was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The race would be halted by a red flag as crews repaired the outside catchfence. Green-flag racing would resume just over 45 minutes later.

More information to come soon, please check back for updates.

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