A tyre-changer forÂ Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingÂ who was injured during last weekends 2019 Indianapolis 500Â is understood to be recovering following surgery. Chris Minot, known as Chachi by his crew-mates, was injured after being hit by a tyre, with the tyre smacking into Minotâs left leg.
Minot was a part of the pit-crew servicingÂ Jordan KingÂ for theÂ 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. On lap sixty-nine of the race, King pulled into the pit-lane and unfortunately collided with a tyre that was waiting for him in his pit-box. The tyre was sent careering into Minot, the right-front tyre changer, with the brunt of the impact being taken by Minotâs left leg.
Minot was carried off of the pit-lane by NTT IndyCar SeriesÂ officials and his crew-mates, with Chris soon whisked away to the infield care centre before being transferred for further evaluation and treatment at the IU Health Methodist Hospital.
After the race concluded, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing released a statement regarding the condition of Minot, with the news thankfully being positive.
âWe were relieved to hear that Chris was in good spirits before surgery on his left leg,â the teamâs statement read, âHe will be held overnight at IU Health Methodist Hospital. He has been a member of this team for almost 10 years and is a big asset. We have no doubt that he will come back stronger.â
Following the incident on pit-road, King would be awarded a drive-through penalty. This, coupled with the understandable delay to his pit-stop following Minotâs injury, would force King to fall two laps down on the race leaders. Ultimately, King would remain two laps down and would finish the race in twenty-fourth place.
After the race, Kingâs main concern was, understandably, with the condition of his tyre-changer. The British driver was hoping to take a good result from his one-off appearance at the Indianapolis 500Â to try and work his way back onto theÂ NTT IndyCar SeriesÂ grid in a greater capacity. However, Jordan admitted in post-race interviews that he wasÂ âreally disappointedâÂ in himself for hitting his crew-member and costing himself and the team a shot at a decent result.
âIâm thinking about Chachi [Chris Minot] obviously,â King said on Sunday, âIâm really disappointed in myself for the team, really for everybody. Â I think we had a pretty strong car. Â We were looking quite strong and making progress and looking at how the race finished, I think we couldâve been in the top 10, so thatâs quite hard to swallow. Â
âThe first point of call is to check that everythingâs okay at the hospital. Â Itâs not good, itâs not what you want to do [injure a crewman]. Â Itâs not. Â I donât even know what to say. Â Iâm really disappointed in myself and for everyone involved.Â We could have had a good race but didnât, so thatâs that.â
The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series continues this weekend with theÂ Grand Prix of DetroitÂ doubleheader at theÂ Belle Isle Street Circuit. Race one of the event will be run on Saturday, June 1, with the second race taking place the following day on Sunday, June 2.