Big Daddy’s Disappointing Day
Beginner’s luck? No such thing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a solid start to this morning’s Indy Lights practice, things eventually went downhill. Chris Windom was turning his first laps at the Speedway in his Belardi and Byrd with Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 33 car.
Earlier in the session, Windom was 3rd quick on the speed charts and seemed to be adapting to the car quite well. The team had a test session earlier this month at Kentucky Speedway where Windom found comfort in the car right away. It seemed as if he was going to carry that momentum and confidence into this week, but like it has so many times before, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway bit him. It has happened to hundreds of drivers in the past and it will undoubtedly happen to hundreds of drivers in the future.
Windom’s car spun in Turn 2 and he made heavy contact with the wall. The car is too badly damaged to be able to be repaired in time for Thursday’s qualifying. Unfortunately, Windom’s highly anticipated Indy Lights debut will have to come at a later date.
Jonathan Byrd’s Racing is still behind Windom and will continue to support him in all his racing ventures.
David Byrd said, “This race happens again next year. We still have plans with Chris. We still think he’s deserving of a shot at Indianapolis, and while this might push back our long term plans by a year, time goes by quickly and we definitely want to be back!”
Windom’s Wild Week just got a little less wild, or a little more wild – depending on how you look at it, but the rest of the week will continue on as planned!
The doubleheader of Little 500 practice at Anderson Speedway and the Tony Hulman Classic featuring the USAC Amsoil Sprint cars at the Action Track in Terre Haute will kick off five nights of consecutive racing. Thursday will consist of Little 500 qualifying at Anderson Speedway, and the prestigious Hoosier Hundred USAC Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Windom will be in the Nolen Racing No. 17 on Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway for the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic. On Saturday, Windom will be going after his third Little 500 victory in the Goacher Racing No. 5G. To cap off the wild week, Windom will hop back in the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5 at Kokomo Speedway.
You can support his efforts and cheer Windom on in his new “Windom’s Wild Week” gear available at the tracks and online at JonathanByrdsRacing.com.