Gutiérrez questionable after Toronto crash
15 July 2017 – Following a heavy crash during Saturday qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto race, Esteban Gutiérrez has not yet been cleared to race on Sunday.
IndyCar issued a statement on Saturday afternoon noting that the Mexican driver had exhibited concussion-like symptoms following a nearly head-on impact with a concrete barrier on the exit of Turn 11 on the streets of Toronto. His car suffered a massive bout of understeer near the corner apex, rendering him a passenger.
His crash brought out a red flag in the seconds after the chequered flag came out in the second group of Q2, ruining several drivers' flying laps in the process.
"Following an incident during qualifications today for the Honda Indy Toronto, Dale Coyne Racing driver Esteban Gutiérrez was evaluated by IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger after experiencing concussion-like symptoms," the press release read.
"Gutiérrez was treated and released but has not been cleared to drive, pending further evaluation Sunday morning."
The Dale Coyne team has already had their fair share of repairs to do this season following several major accidents, including one that severely injured Sébastien Bourdais at Indianapolis, sidelining the Frenchman for the rest of the season.
Gutiérrez has been one of several drivers who have stepped in to replace him.