IRL: Hornish crashes during test at Indianapolis

Hornish Escapes Crash With Minor Injuries INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. is at Methodist Hospital being evaluated for fractures to his left foot after crashing Oct. 17 ...

Hornish Escapes Crash With Minor Injuries

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. is at Methodist Hospital being evaluated for fractures to his left foot after crashing Oct. 17 during testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said Dr. Henry Bock, Speedway medical director. He is awake and alert with no other injuries.

At approximately 2:10 p.m., Hornish spun and hit the outside wall at the exit of Turn 1 of the 2.5-mile oval while testing the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. He was driving the same car that won the season-ending Chevy 500 Oct. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hornish, who did not lose consciousness in the accident, will see an orthopedic specialist shortly to determine what treatment the fractures will require, said Bock.

"The car was running pretty good," said Kevin Blanch, team manager. "It got loose. He banged his left knee and right elbow. He'll be sore tomorrow."

Hornish was the first car on the track at 11:30 a.m. He completed 68 laps of testing with a top speed of more than 223 mph. The team will not continue its test tomorrow, Blanch said.

This season, Hornish, 22, won three races (Phoenix, Miami and Texas II) on his way to capturing the Northern Light Cup.

A complete summary of today's testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be released this evening.

UPDATE ON HORNISH:

Hornish was second fastest at 223.592 in the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther entry before an accident in Turn 1 early in the afternoon ended his day. Hornish was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with small fractures in his left foot, which was placed in a small cast after evaluation by Dr. Kevin Scheid.

Hornish is allowed to put weight on the foot. He never lost consciousness during the crash.

"The car was running pretty good," said Kevin Blanch, team manager for Panther Racing. "It got loose. He banged his left knee and right elbow. He'll be sore tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing