IRL: Indy500: Goodyear out early

Indianapolis, IN (May 27, 2001) - After consistently quick performances in practice and qualifying for the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500, ...

Indianapolis, IN (May 27, 2001) - After consistently quick performances in practice and qualifying for the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500, #52 Thermos(r) Grill2Go(tm) driver Scott Goodyear was poised for a strong run at the race win. Unfortunately, the Indy veteran's day ended prematurely when Sarah Fisher spun in front of him on lap seven of the 200 lap event. The two-time Indianapolis 500 runner-up sustained a compression fracture of the L1 vertebra and will remain at Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital overnight as a result of the accident, which also caused severe damage to his #52 Thermos(r) Grill2Go(tm) Infiniti. Goodyear was classified 32nd.

Scott Goodyear:
(on his race): "Overall, I'm very disappointed because I think we had a good shot at the win. The #52 Thermos(r) Grill2Go(tm) car was running well and I would have used my typical 500-mile race plan to make sure we'd be there at the end. I was very pleased with how the car was balanced. With the cold temperatures, I was watching everyone slipping and sliding and squirming. I was just going to let everybody settle into a good pace. Unfortunately, I didn't really have a chance to do that before I got caught up with Sarah. When she spun in front of me, I had nowhere to go except into the wall. It's a shame because everyone on the Thermos(r) Grill2Go(tm) Infiniti team has done a tremendous job all month. I was very confident that we would have been there at the end of the race."

On how he feels after sustaining a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra in the accident: "I'm a little sore but other than that I don't feel bad. I'm pretty stiff right now, which is to be expected, but it looks like the fracture can be treated with a brace. Unfortunately, I may be in the brace for 8-12 weeks, so I'll likely miss the IROC event at Michigan next month."

-CIR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Scott Goodyear