IRL: Eliseo Salazar stable after emergency surgery

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 17, 2002 -- Indy Racing League driver Eliseo Salazar underwent successful emergency surgery Tuesday night to repair a torn vertebral artery in his chest, a result of a testing accident April 16 at Indianapolis Motor...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 17, 2002 -- Indy Racing League driver Eliseo Salazar underwent successful emergency surgery Tuesday night to repair a torn vertebral artery in his chest, a result of a testing accident April 16 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dr. John Fehernbacher, a vascular surgeon, performed the operation.

Salazar is listed in stable condition in the critical care unit at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, said Dr. Henry Bock, medical services director for the Indy Racing League.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. (EST) April 16 during private testing for the 86th Indianapolis 500. Salazar, who drives for A.J. Foyt Racing, made contact with the outside retaining wall in Turn 1. He was driving teammate Airton Dare's No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

At the time of the accident, Salazar was transported by ground to Methodist for further evaluation. He was awake.

More updates will follow as details become available.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eliseo Salazar , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt