Kenny Brack moves back to Columbus for Rehab
Injured Team Rahal driver leaves Indy Monday, hopes to go home soon
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 2, 2003) - IRL IndyCar® Series driver Kenny Brack was transferred near his Columbus home Monday afternoon after almost six weeks in Indianapolis's Methodist Hospital and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.
On Monday (Dec. 1), Brack was transferred to Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus for inpatient therapy. Brack and his wife Anita anticipate Brack to return to their Upper Arlington home within two weeks and Kenny will continue outpatient physical therapy in Columbus.
"I can tell you that I feel I am getting stronger every day," said Brack, who suffered massive injuries on Oct. 12 at Texas Motor Speedway in Team Rahal's Pioneer/Miller Lite Honda Dallara. "I was ecstatic the other day when the leg doctor came in and said 'your bones are healing faster than what we expected and you can start walking on your left leg tomorrow'. Since then I have walked nearly every day. Every day I am walking a little bit further. I have been walking with crutches. That's a lot harder as it requires more balance and it wears me out really fast at the moment. That's what happens when you spend about six to seven weeks in bed."
"It was very emotional to see Kenny up on his feet and walking with crutches," said Anita Brack, who is scheduled to have the Brack's first child in late December. "He is improving daily now. I'm sure he will be working harder in therapy as he gets stronger. I know he and I are thrilled to be back home in Columbus now."
Brack was injured in an accident on Lap 188 of the Chevy 500, the final race of the 2003 IndyCar Series season.
Brack, the 1998 IRL IndyCar Series champion and 1999 Indy 500 winner, suffered 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 Dallas' Parkland Hospital. He had follow-up surgery on his vertebrae and right ankle on Nov. 4 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Persons wishing to send a get-well message to Brack can do so at www.teamrahal.com or by sending cards or letters to: Team Rahal, 4601 Lyman Dr., Hilliard, Ohio 43026.