Mar 23, 2013, 11:20 AM EST
Andretti Autosport driver EJ Viso emerged unhurt after a heavy one-car accident during Saturday morning practice at IndyCar’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Viso reported a suspension failure that pitched him hard into the outside wall of Turn 9, the left-hand kink before Turn 10 and onto Dan Wheldon Way. In 10 years since the first St. Petersburg race in 2003, it marked the first such accident at that location on the track.
“We were just starting the day’s practice, and the front right suspension failed and went straight to the wall,” said Viso. “I believe it is going to be all okay for qualifying. But I had to stop my run because that happened. I am fine.”
The team is working on repairing its primary car in the hopes of returning to the track for qualifying, which begins at 2:05 p.m. EST.
Takuma Sato led the field in practice three for A.J. Foyt Racing, but was still the only Honda runner in the top seven.
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