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Ryan Hunter-Reay Injured in Qualifying Crash at Pocono

After crashing in qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, Ryan Hunter-Reay has been released from Lehigh Valley Hospital.

On his warm-up lap, the No. 28 Honda for Andretti Autosport snapped around, hitting the wall. The past series champion climbed from his car and limped to the safety vehicle, before being taken to the hospital for further evaluation of his left hip and knee. 

“During qualifying today, out of nowhere, the car stepped out on me,” he said. “It was a bit of a wiggle, which I caught. The second time it happened, it came with no warning – which is a bit confusing. I hit my hip pretty bad as well as my knee, so the doctors thought it would be best to go in for further evaluation. After a CT scan and MRI, I am able to go and get a good night’s sleep. I’m sure I’ll wake up sore, but will hopefully be able to get back in the DHL machine tomorrow.

Although he was released from hospital, he has yet to be cleared to return to competition, pending a re-evaluation Sunday morning prior to the event.

“I know the entire Andretti Autosport team worked hard to get the car put back together and with 500 miles, there is still a chance to win from the back of the field,” he added. “I can’t thank the Holmatro Safety Team enough for their quick response along with the medical staff at INDYCAR, Pocono and Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. Also, thank you to the fans for reaching out with their support.”

Hunter-Reay sits 12th in the standings entering the 14th event of 2017, with three top-five finishes.

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.