IRL: Brack transferred to Indianapolis hospital

Indianapolis -- (October 21, 2003) - Injured IRL IndyCar Series driver Kenny Brack was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday via medical plane and remains in stable condition. Brack, the 1998 IRL champion and 1999 Indy 500 ...

Indianapolis -- (October 21, 2003) - Injured IRL IndyCar Series driver Kenny Brack was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday via medical plane and remains in stable condition.

Brack, the 1998 IRL champion and 1999 Indy 500 winner, is in satisfactory condition and was admitted to Methodist Hospital under the care of Dr. Kevin Scheid, said Dr. Henry Bock, medical director for the Indy Racing League.

Brack, driver of the No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Honda Dallara for Team Rahal, suffered massive injuries in on Sunday (Oct. 12) in Chevy 500 IndyCar Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway. Brack was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas from the track and remained at Parkland before today's transfer.

Brack suffered a variety of injuries including a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum, a fractured lumbar (L-3) vertebrae and fractures to both ankles. Brack had surgery on Oct. 12 (femur and ankles) and Oct. 13 (vertebrae) at Parkland Hospital.

On Monday, Kenny Brack was able to write this message to his family, friends and fans:

"I am propped up in my Dallas hospital bed trying to write you a race report. Unfortunately it will be a short one since I do not have the strength or the imagination just yet. Perhaps it does not matter so much because I do not remember anything from the race anyway!

"In any case, I felt I needed to write a note to all of you who have sent several thousand prayers via email to my team, the newspapers, me and my wife. I never knew I had that much support but I will tell you that it has certainly helped me to get through this accident the best way possible.

"I have not seen the actual accident but I have heard about it. It certainly opens your eyes about higher powers because I am sure that God has everything to do with me still being in this world. If I would have had individual accidents breaking all the bones I broke and healing during this accident, I would not have had much time to be a racecar driver!

"I broke 5 major bones and most of them are complicated, back, ankles etc. The Dallas crew of doctors and nurses worked about 15 hours to put it back together. They did a great job and they think I have a good chance to get back to normal. I know it will take time, several months but give me half a chance and I will do it. Now I will rest a little bit but I will see you soon!"

-team rahal-

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