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May 10

IndyCar: Indianapolis Mayor Hit By Crash Debris At Start Of Indy GP

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is seen at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway event in March 2014. (Photo: IMS)

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is seen at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway event in March 2014. (Photo: IMS)

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was hit in the arm by debris at the start of Saturday’s IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Ballard was waving the green flag to indicate the start of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis when pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra was hit on the front straightaway by Carlos Munoz and then Mikhail Aleshin.

May 10

IndyCar: Saavedra Stalls To Trigger Wreck At Start Of Grand Prix Of Indy

A massive crash at the start of the GP of Indy destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

A massive crash at the start of the GP of Indy destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

What should have been one of the glorious moments of Sebastian Saavedra’s young career as a Verizon IndyCar Series driver turned out to be an incredible disaster. Saavedra was starting Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis from the pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As the 25-car field was awaiting the lights to go out for the first-ever standing start of an IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saavedra’s car stalled. Cars sped past him as IndyCar officials kept the green light on with some of the cars squeezing to the inside of Saavedra’s Dallara/Chevrolet and the pit retaining wall at very high speed. Some made it but Carlos Munoz drilled the back of Saavedra, ripping the rear assembly from the car.

May 10

IndyCar: Peterson’s Faith In Saavedra Pays Off In A Big Way At Indianapolis

Sebastian Saavedra and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday's GP of Indy. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Saavedra and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday’s GP of Indy. (Photo: Getty Images)

When Sebastian Saavedra was a young teenage driver trying to make it in the Indy Lights Series team owner Gary Peterson saw something in the kid from Bogota, Colombia that made him a believer. Peterson became more than a car owner for Saavedra; he was a benefactor.

Peterson was a team owner and former driver in the Indy Lights Series – a ladder series that was designed to prepare young drivers for a potential career in IndyCar.

May 10

F1: Vettel Hit With Grid Penalty After Gearbox Change At Spanish GP

Sebastian Vettel watches as his car is removed from the Spanish GP circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel watches as his car is removed from the Spanish GP circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel will start the Spanish GP from 15th place after being forced to change his gearbox following Saturday’s qualifying session.

The four-time World Champion was exiting pit lane when his RB10 stalled momentarily. He managed to get going again but the car would lose drive in the first turn, forcing Vettel out of the 10-minute Q3 session.

May 10

IndyCar: Qualifying Crash Costs Hunter-Reay Pole At Grand Prix of Indy

Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his damaged race car during qualifying at Indianapolis. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his damaged race car during qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay took the two toughest hits Friday in qualifying at Indianapolis.

First, he damaged his car, then he was stripped of his two fastest laps — costing him the pole position for Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The 2012 IndyCar Series champ said afterward that he was OK, though the ramifications of his late crash will linger all night.