IRL: Turn 2 at Indy bites again, Dana and Hornish

IRL: Turn 2 at Indy bites again, Dana and Hornish

The unforgiving Turn 2 wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway claimed more victims on this Fast Friday, as teams worked to prepare for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 29th. Ron Hemelgarn watches from the garage...

The unforgiving Turn 2 wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway claimed more victims on this Fast Friday, as teams worked to prepare for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 29th.

Ron Hemelgarn watches from the garage as team members inspect the damage to Paul Dana's car.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
For the second time in two days rookie Paul Dana performed a quarter-spin his #91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Dallara/Toyota on entry, heavily impacting the SAFER barrier. Dana followed up with a second quarter-spin, sliding down the backstretch facing the area of his impact.

As debris scattered everywhere through the corner, Sam Hornish Jr. became the unfortunate victim of Dana's big shunt, spinning and becoming airborne in his #6T Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota. Hornish performed a full flip and came down on the right side of the tub before overturning and coming to a rest on the backstretch grass.

Hornish climbed from his car with minimal assistance from the Delphi IRL Safety Team, was taken to the infield treatment center where he was examined and released, cleared to drive.

Damage to Sam Hornish Jr.'s car.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
"We were working on a qualifying run, and I went into Turn 2 as the yellow light came on," explained a downcast Hornish. "I started to get out of the throttle because I was close to the #91 car (Dana) as it hit the wall. I tried to drive between the debris and the wall, and I think I ran over a large piece of his gearbox.

"It's a shame because the Marlboro Team Penske car was running really well. Hopefully we'll be close to where we were with the 6T this afternoon and put it in a good spot during qualifying," said Hornish of switching to the primary car for qualifying tomorrow.

Dana, awake and alert according to the IMS/IRL director of medical services Dr. Henry Bock was removed from the crash area by stretcher and taken for treatment to the infield care center. Dr. Bock made the decision to ground-transport the St. Louis native to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation.

The rookie was complaining of back pain after his heavy hit; Dana hit in the same general area during Thursday practice with minimal physical damage to his body. This time the impact was far heavier than it had been.

Fast Friday report, medical update on Dana

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