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Crashes highlight the early action Saturday at Grand Prix of Baltimore

It is a busy Saturday at the Grand Prix of Baltimore track, filled with thrills, chills and frustration.

Andretti Autosports driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, 36 points behind leader Will Power in the IndyCar championship race, waited until late in the first qualifying group session to take his qualifying run. 

Waiting turned out to be a bad move. He only got to run two laps before Service Central Honda driver Graham Rahal crashed, bringing out the red flag, closing the course and cutting the session short. At that point, Hunter-Reay was only 7th fastest and did not advance to the second round of qualifying. That means he will start near the rear of the field. It will make his job of gaining on Power in the points race Sunday that much tougher, as Power has advanced to the second segment.

In the Indy Light's Series, driver Emerson Newton-John crashed. IndyCar Medical director Dr. Michael Olinger said Newton-John was awake and alert and was being transported to the University of Maryland-Baltimore for further evaluation.

The permanent chicane, that was installed Thursday night, worked well for the IndyCars during morning practice, but a shortstack of tires was placed around the chicane for the American Le Man's Series practice. The ALMS cars are low-slung and drivers were having trouble seeing the permanent structure as they approached the man-made series of curves.

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