IRL: J. Lazier, Scheckter released from hospital

NAZARETH, Pa., Tuesday, April 23, 2002 -- Indy Racing League veteran Jaques Lazier and rookie Tomas Scheckter were released April 23 from Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., said Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League director of medical ...

NAZARETH, Pa., Tuesday, April 23, 2002 -- Indy Racing League veteran Jaques Lazier and rookie Tomas Scheckter were released April 23 from Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., said Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League director of medical services.

Both drivers were injured in an accident during the Firestone Indy 225 on April 21 at Nazareth Speedway.

Lazier, from Alta Loma, Calif., suffered a lower spinal fracture and a concussion, Bock said. Lazier has full movement of his extremities, Bock said. Lazier is in Indianapolis for further evaluation at Methodist Hospital but has not been admitted to the hospital.

"It would have been nice to roll into Indy with another good result under our belt," Lazier said. "As it is, we'll find out here soon about the 500, but I'm hoping there's a chance I can still be there for it depending on what all the tests show."

Scheckter, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, returned home to Indianapolis on a private plane owned by the Lazier family. He suffered a lung contusion and a concussion.

"First of all, I want to thank the Lazier family for giving me a ride back to Indianapolis in their plane," Scheckter said. "It's unfortunate that we both ended up in the hospital. I hope Jaques has a quick recovery and is back in the car as soon as possible.

"This was a shock for me, but I am going to concentrate on getting better now. Once again, the crew gave me an unbelievable car in the race. I look forward to getting back in shape and back in the racecar."

Lazier and Scheckter collided on Lap 123 of the 225-lap race, sending both into the outside retaining wall.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Jaques Lazier