Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay collide on pit road in Indy 500

From The Marbles

Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay were mainstays at the front of the field during the first half of the Indianapolis 500.

Their time at the front came to an end thanks to a wreck on pit road.

Bell, pitted behind Hunter-Reay, exited his pit stall and bounced off Helio Castroneves, who was in the outside lane of Indianapolis' narrow pit lane. As he hit Castroneves' car, Hunter-Reay pulled out of his pit and the two Andretti Autosport teammates collided and went towards the inside pit wall.

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Castroneves was able to carry on without any damage, though he had a tire mark on the left side of his car. The damage to both Bell and Hunter-Reay's cars was minimal, though they both lost a lap making repairs. Pit road was so crowded because the race was under caution for an accident involving Mikhail Aleshin and Conor Daly.

The crash could have been a lot worse had polesitter James Hinchcliffe not been ahead of both Bell and Hunter-Reay. Hinchcliffe had already accelerated out of his pit and a crew member was able to scramble out of the way as the two cars came to rest in Hinchcliffe's stall.

Bell (12) and Hunter-Reay (52) combined to lead 64 of the race's first 115 laps.

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