Injured AJ Foyt Racing crew member released from hospital

During his final scheduled stop in Sunday’s race, Kellett slid into his pitbox and pressed McFadden and teammate Shelby Tracey against the wall. While the latter escaped injury, McFadden suffered what an AJ Foyt Racing press release described as a deep left thigh laceration and significant bruising.

McFadden, who is also the team’s coach, was discharged from the hospital on Sunday evening and spent the night at a Des Moines-area hotel. Another crew member, Mark Stewart, is expected to bring McFadden back to Indianapolis today, although his return to action has yet to be determined.

A contrite Kellett, who had raced for 18 yearsewas of course penalized with a 30 second stop and hold for hitting crew members.

He said: “On the last pitstop I came in a bit hot and just didn’t get it into neutral fast enough and had a problem grabbing the clutch considering the entry angle into the box and i tagged a few crew members, just lasted a long time.

“So you know, really bad for these guys. It’s part of the job, but it’s never easy when someone else has to pay for your mistake. So feel really bad for Chris and Shelby. Chris has injured his leg… He will be out for a bit but I know he is a strong and fit guy. It will bounce back and be ready to go in no time.

“But like I said, really sorry K-Line Pit Crew #4. You never want a race car to pinch you [against] the wall.”

It was a bad race for the team, as Kyle Kirkwood crashed in the #14 car. He was passed by then Penske team leader Josef Newgarden and Rinus VeeKay’s Ed Carpenter Racing car which was battling with Newgarden to stay in the lead round. This left Kirkwood three wide and on the high line, and the car pushed down the track and into the SAFER barrier at Turn 2.

Kirkwood and Kellett completed Saturday’s 250-lap race in 15e and 20e respectively.

Foyt’s No. 11 car, which Tatiana Calderon raced on and off the road and JR Hildebrand raced in Texas and Indy, is currently still on hiatus as the team works to resolve the sponsor payment issue with ROKit.