IRL: Brack at RHI, Unser released from hospital

Brack has been transfered from Methodist Hospital to the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. Two-time "500 winner Unser released from New Mexico hospital INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series driver Kenny Brack was ...

Brack has been transfered from Methodist Hospital to the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. Two-time "500 winner Unser released from New Mexico hospital

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series driver Kenny Brack was transferred to the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis Oct. 23 from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, said Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the Indy Racing League.

Brack, the 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1998 IndyCar Series champion, remains in satisfactory condition and has been under the care of Dr. Kevin Scheid, an orthopedic surgeon from OrthoIndy, since he was transferred to Indianapolis Oct. 21 from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Scheid said that Brack may return to Methodist in the near future for follow-up surgeries.

"I'm starting to feel better each day," Brack said. "I feel good about going to the rehab center now. I know the rehab will be a long process, but I plan to work hard and get back to my old self."

Brack suffered a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum, fractured lumbar vertebrae and fractures to both ankles in an accident on Lap 188 of the Chevy 500 on Oct. 12 at Texas Motor Speedway, the final race of the 2003 IndyCar Series season.

He underwent successful surgery on his right femur and both ankles Oct. 12 and successful surgery on his back Oct. 13.

On Oct. 21, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was released from an Albuquerque, N.M. hospital after he suffered fractures to his pelvis in an all-terrain vehicle accident Oct. 19 in Chama, N.M.

"I fractured my pelvis in three places," Unser said. "If I was still a kid, I'd probably have been OK, but at age 41, I knew when I stood up that something wasn't quite right on my left side. I couldn't support myself with my left leg.

"Fortunately, none of the fractures went through the entire bone. The damage didn't warrant surgery, so assuming the next round of x-rays show everything is still properly aligned, I'll begin a six to eight week program of water aerobics to regain my strength. My goal is to be back in a race car in seven weeks. The chances of that happening, and me racing next season, are very good."

Further updates on both drivers will be provided when available.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr.