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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 30, 2010

Auto racing: Hamilton out of Indy 500 on first lap

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS Veteran IndyCar drivers Davey Hamilton and Bruno Junqueira made quick exits from Sunday's Indy 500.

Hamilton lost control of his No. 21 car coming out of turn two on the opening lap, spinning into the inside retaining wall with heavy damage to the right side of his car.

Junqueira went out seven laps later when his No. 33 car got loose as he exited turn two and slammed hard into the outside wall.

The 47-year-old Hamilton was making his 10th career start at the Brickyard and his first for de Ferran Dragon Racing. He started 14th in the 33-car field. Hamilton was evaluated at the infield care center and quickly released.

It marked the second straight year that the race's first lap was marred by an accident. Mario Moraes and Marco Andretti collided on the opening lap last year.

Dario Franchitti took the lead from pole sitter Helio Castroneves shortly before Hamilton's accident.

Franchitti was still in front when Junqueira, starting in his sixth 500, crashed. Junqueira started 25th for the FAZZT Race Team. Junqueira appeared to be unhurt.