Beginning his fifth lap of the famed 2.5-mile oval, the front-left wheel of the #21 ECR machine went down beneath the white line negotiating Flip 1 and the rear continued to swing round, however it went by just one 360-degree spin earlier than placing the surface SAFER barrier on the exit of Flip 1 with its proper facet.
The automobile then scraped alongside the observe earlier than coming to a halt on the entry to Flip 2.
VeeKay, final yr’s IndyCar Rookie of the Yr, stepped from the automobile with no need help from the AMR IndyCar Security Crew.
The accident occurred within the 12th minute of the primary session of the day, and VeeKay was the one driver on observe to have turned greater than a systems-check/set up lap.
He had simply turned his finest lap – a mean of 217.539mph – the lap earlier than.
On being checked and launched from the medical centre, VeeKay reported that his arms had been “bashed about”, however in any other case he was OK.
He informed NBCSN’s Kevin Lee: “I wish to make an apology to the staff, after all. I needed to do as many laps as attainable and achieve success. And it simply ended utterly early, and it’s very, very unlucky and I’m very sorry.
“It was a really bizarre second… I used to be simply constructing… You may have a tailwind in [Turn] three so it ought to be very secure going flat-out into T1 with a headwind, and so I did that.
“It felt good on entry however then simply the entrance dipped down and I misplaced it. As soon as that occurs, you’re a passenger.
“So I’m going to return to the trailer now and see what occurred precisely. Simply go away this behind and ensure we solely study from this and go higher onwards.”
On Instagram, VeeKay revealed he had damaged a finger within the crash, however added he was “good to go”.
Conor Daly led the opening Indy 500 check session, offering some comfort for the Ed Carpenter Racing staff.
The observe was misplaced to rain within the closing half hour of the two-hour session, at some extent when Daly’s 222.714mph had put him high, forward of the 221.296mph of team-mate and staff proprietor Ed Carpenter.
Scott Dixon was third for Chip Ganassi Racing, forward of the 2 Arrow McLaren SP vehicles of Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward and a second Ganassi entry, that of Alex Palou.
Twenty-one vehicles took half within the opening session, which was for veterans solely.
The subsequent two hours of on-track motion will likely be reserved for Rookie Orientation Apply and Refreshers, however the scheduling is at the moment undecided as a result of moist observe.