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INDY 500: Scott Harrington crashes during Indy qualifying

20 May 2000

By Terry Callahan
Motorsports Editor, The Auto Channel

INDIANAPOLIS: Scott Harrington, driver of the number 17 Dallara Oldsmobile, was prepared to take the green flag in an attempt to become the 10th qualifier for the 2000 Indianapolis 500. Harrington never saw the green flag.

Harrington was exiting turn 4 when the rear of his car broke loose. He nearly save the car doing a half spin before it lightly scraped the outside retaining wall. There was minimal damage to the car at that point. However, the car shot back across the track and slammed the inside retaining wall. The second impact caused extensive suspension damage.

The car came to a stop on the front straightaway just a few feet from Harrington's crew. His crew sat on the wall in frustration as Harrington jumped quickly from the car to survey the damage.

Harrington was checked at the infield medical center and released. He was cleared to drive. Harrington has a backup car, which he tested for the first time in practice Friday. His fastest speed in practice was just above 217 mph.

Tody's crash was Harrington's third crash during Indy qualifying since coming to the Speedway in the early 90s.

Qualifying for the 84th Indy 500 continues until 6:00 p.m. local time Saturday. The final day of qualifying is set for Sunday, May 21.

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