DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rookie Parker Kligerman was involved in a multi-car wreck Wednesday, sliding on his roof halfway down the front-stretch in the first full practice for the Daytona 500.
Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano started the melee when they got together coming out of turn 4 during a drafting session at Daytona International Speedway. Trevor Bayne then hit Logano, who slammed into Paul Menard. Menard’s car shot up the track and collected Kligerman.
Kligerman’s car lifted off the ground, landed on top of Ryan Truex’s hood and then turned upside-down and slid down the track before coming to a stop.
Dave Blaney also was involved. Some of the cars slammed into the outside wall, damaging part of the catch-fence that separates fans from the track.
No one was injured.
Fox making tweaks to revamped scoreboard
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Fox Sports’ attempt to modernize the scoring crawl is going back in for repairs.
The network ditched the usual rolling leaderboard at the top of the screen for a rectangular box on the right side of the TV screen.
Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and executive producer, says changes are coming after fans complained the new scoring screen blocked a portion of on-track action. He says the network has “some tweaks” that will adjust the layout for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Fox ditched the traditional crawl because it took too long for the entire field to come around. The modernized screen gets fans the running order they want in a faster, more readable layout. The leaderboard changes by lap. For Daytona 500 qualifying, the scoreboard only listed names and running order, not speeds.
Fans complained on social media about the scoreboard during the exhibition Sprint Unlimited.
Montoya would like to run Brickyard in July
ORLANDO, Fla. — Juan Pablo Montoya would like to run the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway if Team Penske puts a ride together for a brief return to NASCAR.
Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000, and challenged for Brickyard victories in NASCAR in 2009 and 2010. He had the 2009 race until a late speeding penalty on pit road.
Montoya said Tuesday he’s been close to winning the Brickyard so many times, he’d like to close the chapter with a victory there. He’d also like to give new team owner Roger Penske a NASCAR win at Indy.
Penske has 15 victories in the Indy 500 as a car owner. He brought Montoya back to Indy cars this season when Chip Ganassi did not renew the Colombian’s contract in NASCAR.