Castroneves injures hand in practice-session crash

He'll be able to drive in Honda 200 after collision with Conway

August 04, 2012|By Sandra McKee | The Baltimore Sun

LEXINGTON, OHIO — An IndyCar practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was cut short this morning for Penske driver Helio Castroneves when he had a run-in with driver Mike Conway, as Conway was leaving the pits.

"We were having a good session," Castroneves said after being released from the infield care center. "Finally, I was getting the rhythm, especially since we didn't get to test last week. I was really starting to understand what the car needs."

But then, when Conway came out of the pits the two eventually collided and the steering wheel's knob spun around and hit Castroneves' hand hard. He was helped from the car, but was later cleared to race with only a bruise.

"Unfortunately, when Conway was coming out of the pits, he didn't know where to go. He was trying to help me, but it ended up hurting me because he was chasing one line to give me room," Castroneves said. "Everywhere I would pull, it ended up being the line he would take to help. It's one of those instances where it's better to keep your line and not try to help each other.

"I didn't have enough time to brake and I hit him on the back and the steering knob was kind of like whiplash. . . . Thank God, it's [his hand] not broken. It's just a bruise and now we'll go out for qualifying."

Qualifying for Sunday's 1 p.m. race started at 11 a.m. and was to finish at 12:15 p.m.

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