IRL: Kenny Brack update 2003-10-17

Kenny Brack's condition improves; Team Rahal driver upgraded to satisfactory. IRL racer jokes with his wife and racing team Friday. DALLAS, Texas. - Injured driver Kenny Brack's condition has been upgraded to satisfactory Friday at Parkland ...

Kenny Brack's condition improves; Team Rahal driver upgraded to satisfactory. IRL racer jokes with his wife and racing team Friday.

DALLAS, Texas. - Injured driver Kenny Brack's condition has been upgraded to satisfactory Friday at Parkland Hospital, said Dr. Henry Bock, medical director for the Indy Racing League.

Brack, driver of the No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Honda Dallara, was injured in Sunday's Chevy 500 IRL IndyCar Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Brack remains in the intensive care unit at Parkland Hospital with injuries that included a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum and lumbar vertebrae and fractures to both ankles. Brack had surgery on Sunday and Monday nights to repair the damage.

"Kenny was funny and telling us jokes today," said Anita Brack, Kenny's wife. "He was frustrated by many of the tubes in him after the surgeries. But he was back to being the same Kenny and giving the nurses and everyone a bad time. It was big lift for me to see him that way. Of course, he was typical Kenny and asking lots of questions - about the race, his injuries and the medical equipment. But I like that. It shows he is returning to his normal self."

Anita Brack said her husband was even telling jokes to his Team Rahal members.

"He told the team he would have the Texas race report next week for them," said a smiling Anita Brack. "He told them he was a little busy this week to work on it."

Brack is expected to remain at Parkland Hospital for several more days and will eventually be transferred to Indianapolis to begin rehabilitation for his injuries.

"Actually the doctors here have started Kenny working on moving his arms and legs," said Anita Brack. "So the rehab is beginning already. We are continuing to pray for Kenny's recovery and we hope the racing community and fans can do the same. We thank everyone for their support." he hospital's help this week."

Persons wishing to send a get-well message to Brack can do so at www.rahal.com or by sending cards or letters to:

Team Rahal
4601 Lyman Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026

Further updates on Brack's condition provided when available.

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