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Tony Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais See Early Exit in Grand Prix of Indianapolis

For Verizon IndyCar Series veterans Tony Kanaan and Sébastien Bourdais, the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis was over as quickly as it began.

Kanaan and Bourdais were involved in a shunt going into Turn 1 on the opening lap of the road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, heavily damaging both cars and requiring both teams to head to the garage area for repairs.

The incident appeared to be facilitated by Scott Dixon. The 2015 champion moved up the track just before arcing into Turn 1, cutting off his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Kanaan and ultimately pushing him into Bourdais.

Dixon himself was subject to a wreck in the opening turn of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis just last season. In that one, contact with Helio Castroneves caused him to spin into the grass; Dixon didn’t go behind the wall for that one but saw a front row starting spot devolve into a 10th-place finish.

The move was reviewed by the INDYCAR stewards and no penalties were given. Dixon has continued on in the race.

About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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