Kurt Busch crashes during Indy 500 practice

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm •  Published: May 19, 2014
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Other IndyCar drivers thought Busch may have been done in by his NASCAR roots.

"It looked like he just got loose in two and it looked to me like he overcorrected, like you would in NASCAR," Josef Newgarden said. "The thing looked like it almost snapped straight, but then it went in on its side."

Here are five other things from practice:

NEW LEADER: Though the speed chart from Monday's practice means little because teams were working on race setup in traffic, Newgarden, who drives for Sarah Fisher's team, was the fastest of the day. His best lap was 227.105 mph. Juan Pablo Montoya, the 2000 Indy winner who drives for Roger Penske, was second at 226.532. Scott Dixon, also a previous Indy winner, was third at 226.433 for Target Chip Ganassi, and Russia's Mikhail Aleshin was the fastest rookie at 226.371. Aleshin was fourth.

ACTING PRESIDENTIAL: NCAA President Mark Emmert got a chance to show a different side at Indianapolis. He opened practice waving the green flag and also got a chance to ride around the track with three-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti, who retired last fall. "That was the best ever," Emmert said. "He was always my favorite driver. It was a complete surprise that he was driving it. It was wonderful to chat with him, and of course, ride around the track with him."

MARRIAGE VOWS: Long-time Indianapolis 500 fans Cory and Linlee Patterson of Lafayette, Indiana, were married Sunday in one of the Tower Terrace suites. They met speedway president Doug Boles and pole-winner Ed Carpenter. They have attended the past five 500s together.

OLYMPIC QUEST: Dallas Robinson and Abe Morlu, who worked with the U.S. bobsled and luge team at the Sochi Olympics, were at the track working with Buddy Lazier's team Monday. They met Lazier's engineer, David Cripps, at the Olympics and were reunited at the track. Robinson and Morlu worked with the team and took a ride in the 2-seater driven by Mario Andretti.

THE SWITCHBACK?: NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman started his career in open-wheel cars. Now the 23-year-old is considering a move back. He would replace Busch in the Coca-Cola 600 if Busch doesn't make it back in time. "I have a love for open-wheel cars and it's something that me and my manager Bob Perona have talked about," Kligerman said. "I've been given a bit of a vacation right now, so I'm taking the opportunity as a race fan and a racer to see what's out there and what the possibilities are."


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