Harrington Was Third-Fastest in Session Before Accident FORT WORTH-DALLAS, June 11 - "I hope everybody knows how well we were running here, and I want to thank everybody for their concern," said Scott Harrington Friday after...
Harrington Was Third-Fastest in Session Before Accident
FORT WORTH-DALLAS, June 11 - "I hope everybody knows how well we were running here, and I want to thank everybody for their concern," said Scott Harrington Friday after being treated for a broken right fibula at Columbia North Hills Hospital in Fort Worth. The 35-year-old Indianapolis resident suffered the broken leg in an accident Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway in a practice session for Saturday night's Longhorn 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League event.
He was not admitted to the hospital after his right leg was put in a cast, and he was resting in his hotel room Friday night.
Harrington, driver of the CertainTeed Dallara Aurora No. 66, was third in the first practice session Friday afternoon with 21 laps in the books when the accident occurred. About half of the practice session, which was open to all 26 starters, was over at the time of the crash. Even without participating in half of the session due to the accident, Harrington still posted the seventh-fastest time of the session with a lap at an average speed of 213.013 mph.
Crew chief Darrell Soppe and the Harrington Motorsports team are still examining the car, but Soppe said he thinks the cause of Harrington's accident Friday at 2:15 p.m. was a broken wheel. Harrington made contact with the outside retaining wall in turn one with the right side of his car, slid along the wall through turn two, and coasted down the backstretch before he stopped on the inside of turn three.
"The car was perfect before the accident," Harrington said while awaiting X-rays at the infield medical care center before being transported by ambulance to Columbia North Hills Hospital. "The right front of the car went down with no warning and I went into the wall. I hit hard."
Harrington had been consistently fast in practice here, turning the seventh-fastest time in the final practice session Thursday. He had transmission problems in qualifying, but the Harrington Motorsports crew had rebounded from that problem by Friday morning and Harrington was back in the thick of things before the accident.
"We had a top-10 car, and maybe a top-five car," he said. "The results won't show that, but everybody who was watching knows we were really running well."
Harrington will be credited with 26th place in Saturday's race.
He will fly home to Indianapolis Saturday or Sunday where he will be evaluated by Dr. Kevin Schied.
His father, team owner Gene Harrington, said the team hopes to be able to compete in the next Pep Boys Indy Racing League race, which will be held June 27 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Fans wishing to send get-well cards can write to Harrington in care of Harrington Motorsports, 703 South Girls School Rd., Indianapolis, Ind. 46231.