Kyle Larson calls the Indy accident with Ty Dillon a big mistake

Brooklyn, Michigan – Embarrassed by the mistake made last weekend, Kyle Larson is grateful to Ty Dillon not hurt when Larson crashed into Dillon’s car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“I made a big mistake,” Larson said on Saturday of Dillon’s accident at Turn 1 on the road. “I got in there deep, and out of shape. I was hoping that by the time I got it under control I could go straight before they turned a corner.

“As soon as I realized I was going to hit (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s car), I tried to do my best to turn right and miss both. Obviously that didn’t happen.

“Embarrassment. I feel really bad about Ty being eliminated and so grateful to him that we were both safe and not seriously injured. It was scary for both of us.”

Larson penetrated deep into the braking zone. Then make a 90-degree right turn to try to avoid hitting Stenhouse and Dillon.

“When you miss the braking point a little or a lot, there’s no deceleration,” Stenhouse said.

Dillon said he wasn’t expecting the call from Larson’s car.

“Usually, when you hit a wall or see something coming in, you’re going to tighten your core, and tighten your core as hard as you can — at least I do,” Dillon said. “I think that probably makes the effects look different on different parts of your body.

“However, I wasn’t ready for it. I think my body took too much of the effect to dissipate. I guess that’s why my ribs and everything were sore.”

Dillon said it was painful until Friday.

After the accident, Larson ran to Dillon to check on him.

“It hit him really hard and it took the wind out of me, so I knew it was a hard blow for him too,” Larson said. “And that was 1,000% on me, so I wanted to make sure he was okay.

“I love Ty. He’s a really good guy. I felt bad right away, and wanted to check on him the next day. Thankfully, he understood what was wrong and that made me feel so much better about it because I feel terrible about it and I’m glad we were safe.”

Dillon said nothing was spoken of in anger when Larson approached after the incident.

“I wasn’t angry,” Dillon said. “He’s a very good driver for him to do anything like that on purpose. I know Larson. I think he was shocked at first because he asked me: ‘What happened? I don’t really know.’ Seeing that he’s fine.

“When I got out. I was still trying to get my directions back. Everyone was like, ‘I was limp.’ I don’t have leg issues. I wasn’t sure what on my body was still in the right place. So I was kind of putting my feet under me. I think it totally shocked him.” Like anything else. I can kind of see the fear and everything in his eyes.”

Dillon said he appreciates Larson’s check on him on Monday.

“I’m sure from his point of view, it was really scary,” Dillon said. “He called me on Monday to check my condition, and he was really nice.

“I knew it was a mistake. Looking at (the data from Larson’s car), it’s really a rare mistake you don’t think he’d make, but we’re all human. And that was kind of what I said to him, ‘Hey, we’re all going to make mistakes.'”

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