IRL: Hattori hits wall at Indy

Turn one bit Shigeaki Hattori today, sending him to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation, with the Japanese driver complained of neck pain at the infield medical center. The A.J. Foyt Racing driver was the first to make contact with ...

Turn one bit Shigeaki Hattori today, sending him to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation, with the Japanese driver complained of neck pain at the infield medical center.

The A.J. Foyt Racing driver was the first to make contact with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wall on the third day of practice. The No. 5 Dallara had a slight wiggle entering turn one.

His IndyCar's rear end kicked out, putting Hattori into a spin at the exit of turn one. The car then slid into turn two inside guardrail, just prior to 3:00pm (4:00pm EDT).

Practice sessions run daily leading up to Saturday's Pole Day.

Andretti Green Racing's rookie Dan Wheldon sits atop the speed charts as he and five others have bypassed the 230mph mark.

Stay tuned to Motorsport.com for a complete report of today's activities and an medical update on Hattori.

UPDATE: 7:38pm EDT
Hattori sustained a broken finger and a concussion. Hattori was alert and awake and will undergo further tests at Methodist Hospital. No word at this time whether he will be able to drive in tomorrow's practice session or for the Indianapolis 500.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Shigeaki Hattori , Dan Wheldon , A.J. Foyt