Hunter-Reay crashes; Andretti fastest

Updated: May 7, 2009, 6:31 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Hunter-Reay is unhurt after crashing during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

The 28-year-old driver for Vision Racing spun coming out of the second turn and hit the outside wall during Thursday's practice. The front end of his car lifted briefly and came down amid a shower of sparks.

He was taken to the infield hospital for a routine examination and cleared to drive.

Hunter-Reay finished sixth at Indianapolis in 2008 and was the race's rookie of the year. He had just completed a lap at almost 215 mph before the crash.

Marco Andretti is the fastest driver after the first full day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Thirty-two drivers were on the track Thursday, with Andretti's top lap at 225.478 mph.

Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe were next at 225.237 and 224.904, respectively, followed by defending champion Scott Dixon at 224.448 and his Ganassi teammate Dario Franchitti at 224.160. Robert Doornbos was the fastest rookie and seventh overall at 223.592.

The slowest was Stanton Barrett, who finished his rookie test and had a top lap of 218.089. Also, Townsend Bell landed a ride with KV Racing Technology as a teammate of Paul Tracy and Mario Moraes.

Bell, who was 10th in his second race at Indy last year, does not plan to practice until next week because of the late deal with KV Racing.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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