IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-02-18

Brack Back On His Feet, Working Hard In Rehabilitation INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 -- Kenny Brack is back on his feet again. Brack, seriously injured last October in an accident at Texas Motor Speedway in the IRL IndyCar® Series ...

Brack Back On His Feet, Working Hard In Rehabilitation

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 -- Kenny Brack is back on his feet again.

Brack, seriously injured last October in an accident at Texas Motor Speedway in the IRL IndyCar® Series finale, recently began walking without the aid of crutches as he continues his rehabilitation near his home in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Brack, who sustained fractures to his back, sternum, ribs, right leg and both ankles and later had his gall bladder removed, said he has turned into a "workaholic" at Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence in his five-hour-a-day, five-day-a-week rehab sessions.

"It felt so great to walk again and without the crutches," said Brack, the 1998 IRL champion and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner. "It was great to see my daughter Karma grow this last month and even changing diapers hasn't been that bad. I'm just glad I'm able to do it right now."

Buddy Rice will drive the No. 15 Argent Mortgage/Pioneer Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone until Brack is cleared for competition. Brack hopes to return to the driver's seat before the end of the season.

"It feels a little strange not to be able to be in the middle of the action and instead follow everything from home," Brack said. "I am still not sure when I will be back to 'normal,' but I can tell you that I am very determined to make an as fast recovery as possible and am working as hard as I can. In one month, I have gone from being 'wheelchair bound' to walking on my own without any aids. My level of energy has also greatly improved. I can manage everything I need on my own now and be up all day."

INDYCAR SERIES CHAMPIONS VISIT ESPN:

Scott Dixon and Sam Hornish Jr., the two most recent IndyCar Series champions will visit ESPN on Feb. 19 to participate in a day-long schedule of activities.

The drivers will participate in live online chats with users on ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com, participate in promotional ads for ESPN International and conduct interviews for ESPNews and ESPN Radio's RPM Now.

In addition, Hornish will be a guest on the popular SportsCenter feature "The Budweiser Hot Seat," which airs every Wednesday night.

INDYCAR SERIES HEADS TO WIND TUNNEL:

Indy Racing League® founder and CEO Tony George and IndyCar Series driver Kenny Brack will appear on Speed Channel's Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain.

George, who also serves as president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will appear on Feb. 23 in advance of the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Team Rahal driver Brack will be a guest on Feb. 18.

JIM BEAM LAUNCHES RACING SITE:

Dan Wheldon's No. 26 Jim Beam/Klein Tools Dallara/Honda/Firestone is featured on Jim Beam's new racing web site. The site features a virtual tour of Wheldon's car, biographies of the Andretti Green Racing drivers and team owners, and schedules for the IndyCar Series and Wheldon's showcar.

The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season begins with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, 2004, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Tony George , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.