IRL: Texas II: Team Rahal race/medical report on Brack

Kenny Brack survives horrific crash Sunday in wild Texas Indy Racing League finale. Team Rahal driver listed as serious but stable conditions at Parkland Hospital DALLAS, Texas. - Kenny Brack was listed in serious but stable condition...

Kenny Brack survives horrific crash Sunday in wild Texas Indy Racing League finale.

Team Rahal driver listed as serious but stable conditions at Parkland Hospital

DALLAS, Texas. - Kenny Brack was listed in serious but stable condition Sunday night at Dallas Parkland Hospital after experiencing one of the most horrifying crashes in Indy car racing history Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Brack suffered fractures of the L-3 spinal vertebra, right femur (leg), both ankles and the sternum and was in surgery on Sunday night to repair the femur and both ankles.

Surgery is scheduled on the vertebra in the next few days.

Dr. Henry Bock, medical director for the Indy Racing League, said Brack's injuries were not life threatening and he is anticipating a full recovery.

Brack, driving the No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Honda Dallara for Team Rahal, was running fourth on lap 188 of the 200-lap Chevy 500 when he attempted to pass Tomas Scheckter for third on the backstraight prior to entering turn three on the 1.5-mile oval.

Brack's left front tire from his car made contact with the right rear tire of Scheckter's car that caused the Brack's mount to fly over the top of Scheckter's car and into the outside catch fence at over 220 miles per hour.

Brack's No. 15 machine broke into many pieces across the track with Brack and the cockpit sliding to a stop on the inside of the track. The IRL medical staff was able to pull Brack from the wreckage quickly and transport him to the track medical center.

Despite the spectacular impact, Brack was talking to the IRL medical staff in the Texas Motor Speedway health care facility before being airlifted to Parkland Hospital. Brack's wife, Anita, also was able to talk to her husband at the track before he left for the hospital.

Prior to Sunday night's surgery at Parkland Hospital, Brack talked to his team owner Bobby Rahal, fellow racers Michael Andretti, Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti as well as several of the Team Rahal team members.

        "He kept asking me, 'what happened,'" said Anita Brack.  "He was happy to see his friends
and Team Rahal family.  Now we have to make sure he gets well."

Brack finished 14th Sunday in the final race of the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series and placed ninth in the final point standings.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Michael Andretti , Bobby Rahal , Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack