IRL: Hamilton, McGehee undergo surgery for leg injuries

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sunday, June 10, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers Davey Hamilton and Robby McGehee underwent surgery early Sunday morning for lower leg injuries suffered in the Casino Magic 500 on Saturday night at Texas Motor...

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sunday, June 10, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers Davey Hamilton and Robby McGehee underwent surgery early Sunday morning for lower leg injuries suffered in the Casino Magic 500 on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hamilton, from Las Vegas, had surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to assess injuries to both lower legs and to determine further surgery. His vital signs are good, said Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League director of medical services.

Two-time Indy Racing League runner-up Hamilton will be transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation and surgery, possibly as early as today, Bock said.

Hamilton was injured when his No. 99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone collided with Jeret Schroeder's No. 6 Tri Star Motorsports Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone on Lap 73 of the 200-lap race.

McGehee, from St. Louis, had surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital to repair a broken lower left leg. He will stay at Parkland for a day or two before being transferred to either St. Louis or Indianapolis for further care, Bock said. He is in fair condition, Bock said.

1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year McGehee was involved in a three-car accident on Lap 196 of the race, won by Scott Sharp. McGehee's No. 10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone made contact with Greg Ray's No. 2 Johns Manville/Menards Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone, and McGehee's sliding car then collided with Eddie Cheever Jr.'s #51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

Further updates of Hamilton and McGehee's condition will be provided when available.

-IRNLS/IMS-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Jeret Schroeder , Sam Schmidt