IRL: Rice cleared to compete at Texas Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 1, 2005 -- Rahal Letterman Racing driver Buddy Rice will be back on the track next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League senior director of medical services, cleared the 2004...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 1, 2005 -- Rahal Letterman Racing driver Buddy Rice will be back on the track next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League senior director of medical services, cleared the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner to compete in the June 11 Bombardier Learjet 500k at the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rice was injured during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 11 when his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Racing Argent Pioneer Panoz/Honda/Firestone made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He suffered a concussion a partially torn spinal ligament in his mid- to lower neck that is essential to maintaining the alignment of the spine. Doctors recommended rest and rehabilitation for three weeks.

After Rice's injury, team co-owner Bobby Rahal announced that Kenny Brack would be the replacement driver for the No. 15 entry. The 1999 Indianapolis 500 champion and 1998 IndyCar Series champion recorded the fastest qualifying speed of the 33-car field (227.598 mph). Brack retired early from the 500-Mile Race after a mechanical problem with his car on Lap 92.

Rice served as a consultant for teammates Brack, Vitor Meira and Danica Patrick at the Speedway. Meira finished second and Patrick, an IndyCar Series rookie, fourth.

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The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Bombardier LearJet 500k on June 11 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The race also will be available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "XM Extreme." The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Firestone 100 on June 11 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN2 at 3 p.m. (EDT) on June 16.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack , Buddy Rice , Danica Patrick , Vitor Meira