A tough end to a shortened weekend for Benjamin Pedersen at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway. When qualifications rained out yesterday. INDYCAR moved them to today. Benjamin Pedersen qualified 25th having sustained a technical issue with the weight jacker.
In the Bommarito 500, Pedersen no sooner took the green flag and was heading into Turn 1 when he got punted from behind sending him spinning and into the wall. He escaped injury but his No. 55 Sexton Properties Chevrolet was substantially damaged. It was the second time this season that Pedersen was rear-ended, this time ending his race in Turn 1 of Lap 1.
“We had a regular start. The initial launch was good, really good,” Pedersen explained. “And then as usual, people were braking into Turn 1, and I was maintaining the gap. If anything, I was catching the car ahead of me a bit, but before I knew it on the entry I got plowed from behind and spun into the wall. It’s really unfortunate we were out of the race due to someone else’s fault and they’re still in the race. Just pretty unfortunate, but all I can do is to keep positive energy and work as hard as I can. It just really sucks in the moment.”