INDIANAPOLIS – Spencer Pigot, the driver who was involved in a massive crash into the pit road attenuator with less than five laps to go in the 104th Indianapolis 500, was treated and released from IU Health Methodist Hospital Sunday evening.
Pigot was driving the No. 45 Hy-Vee/Embrace Pittsburgh car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with Citrone/Buhl Autosport in the closing laps of the Indianapolis 500 when he lost control near the entrance to pit road and slammed sideways into the attenuator.
The impact destroyed both the attenuator and Pigot’s Honda. He was able to get out of his car but had to be treated by the AMR IndyCar Safety crew on the surface of the speedway.
It would have taken at least an hour to repair the attenuator and with only four laps left in the Indianapolis 500, there was no time to red flag the race and have any green flag laps left for a race to the finish.
It was the 10th time since 1988 that the Indianapolis 500 finished under caution. Takuma Sato was the winner, just ahead of Scott Dixon and Sato’s teammate, Graham Rahal.
“I was worried if Spencer was OK, but he seems he’s OK,” team owner Bobby Rahal said. “That was my first concern.”
One of Rahal’s team partners also expressed their concern with Pigot after the pounding crash.
“I’m happy that Spencer is doing well, as we understand,” team co-owner David Letterman said. “It was quite a mess, as Bobby explained. First and foremost, our best thoughts for him.”