The first crash of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season involved a port-a-potty “pumper” truck that crashed into Chip Ganassi Racing’s hospitality motorhome at 7 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The truck was attempting to back up to the unit used to entertain guests when it apparently stuck in reverse gear and crashed into the motorhome. The driver’s side of the truck was crushed.
Early reports are the driver of the port-a-potty truck suffered injured ribs and lacerations to his face.
The crash scene drew plenty of curious onlookers in an area of the race course where other teams, such as Andretti Autosport, Honda and the IndyCar Paddock Club, have their hospitality motorhomes.
“Twenty-eight years I’ve had a motorhome; no problem,” Ganassi told Autoweek. “Two races in a row and we crash two motorhomes.
“How do you explain that?”
The team’s hospitality motorhome crashed on the way back from Sonoma, California, after the 2017 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma — the final race of the season.
According to Ganassi, Friday morning’s incident caused “minimal damage” to his unit.
Team members of Ganassi’s hospitality staff were cleaning up the area and hoping to repair the damage in time to entertain guests. This is the first race PNC Bank will serve as Scott Dixon’s sponsor. NTT Data is the sponsor on newcomer Ed Jones’ No. 10 Honda.
The first IndyCar Series practice of the season is set for later Friday morning for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Ganassi’s hospitality staff hoped to repair the damage from Friday’s crash in time to entertain guests at this weekend’s IndyCar race in Florida.