There were seven incidents during the 89th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race that were classified as accidents, but only two resulted in rides to the hospital for those involved. Larry Foyt, who brought out the first caution of the day when he ...
There were seven incidents during the 89th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race that were classified as accidents, but only two resulted in rides to the hospital for those involved.
Larry Foyt, who brought out the first caution of the day when he crashed into the Turn 1 SAFER barrier on lap 17, went to Methodist Hospital where physicians discovered he sustained a fracture of his lower spine.
Foyt was fitted with a back brace to stabilize the area and, according to the Indy Racing League and Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff is expected to be released by Tuesday.
Involved in an argument over space in the same turn with Foyt's nephew A.J. Foyt IV, Bruno Junqueira was not nearly so lucky.
Junqueira was lapping the younger Foyt, a lapped car when the 21-year-old moved down on him. "It happened real quick. We got past Turn 1 when Bruno came up on me," Foyt explained.
The angle of his meeting with the SAFER barrier and his car's slide backwards along the wall before a second spin consigned the Brazilian to the surgical ward this morning.
At the time of the incident, Newman Haas Racing team co-owner Carl Haas remarked, "Bruno had been running an excellent race and he was very happy with the performance of his car. He was running in sixth place when, on lap 77 there was contact made with the lapped car of A.J. Foyt IV.
"This is certainly not the way we had hoped to end the month of May, but Bruno is in the capable hands of Dr. Terry Trammell and the medical team at Methodist Hospital. Thankfully," Haas continued, "Bruno was conscious after the incident and the extent of his injuries and best course of treatment are still being determined."
Dr. Trammell performed surgery on Junqueira at Methodist Hospital this morning to stabilize fractured T-12 and L-1 vertebrae and said 28-year-old Junqueira suffered no additional spinal injuries in the crash. He will remain hospitalized until the end of the week.
Shortly after surgery, many of Junqueira's competitors came to visit. Doctors expect him to be sitting up later tonight and standing tomorrow.
Newman/Haas Racing's plans for its points-leading team in the Champ Car World Series contest on the venerable Milwaukee Mile are unknown at this time. After a busy and stressful past month and a half, Newman/Haas' employees and principles are taking a day off to enjoy the holiday. On Tuesday morning they'll meet and plan the best course of action for the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 presented by US Bank.