Video: Denny Hamlin clobbers Turn 4 wall on final lap of practice

At the end of Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota blew a right front tire and rocketed into the Turn 4 wall.

The car erupted in flames, and with smoke billowing out of the cockpit, Hamlin steered his Camry toward pit road and hastily climbed out of the driver’s-side window.

“It was big, for sure,” Hamlin said after a mandatory visit to the infield care center. “It was the last corner, and I think the red flag (signaling the end of practice) had been out for a minute or so. We had just got into Turn 1 when the red went out, and we were going to finish our lap.

“It just blew a right front. We hadn’t seen any wear issues, so we might have run something over or whatever. Definitely got my attention.”

A four-time winner this season, Hamlin will start Sunday’s Big Machine 400 from the rear of the field in a backup car.

“The good news is that I think our backup is an OK car,” Hamlin said. “We’ll go to work and come from the back—again—and see if we can’t win another one.”

Greg Engle