IRL: Time not right for Brack's return to cockpit

IRL: Time not right for Brack's return to cockpit

Team Rahal still hasn't made its intentions official, but Kenny Brack has confirmed that he will not be driving in the 88th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race scheduled May 30th. Brack and Team Rahal ran out of time to handle the test session that would...

Team Rahal still hasn't made its intentions official, but Kenny Brack has confirmed that he will not be driving in the 88th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race scheduled May 30th. Brack and Team Rahal ran out of time to handle the test session that would confirm Brack's ability to return to the cockpit.

Kenny Brack.
Photo by indyracing.com/Ron McQueeney.
It's not that Kenny doesn't think he's ready to strap in and return to work. "I think I'm ready but I can't do the test right now," Brack confirmed by phone over the weekend. "This is not a one-race comeback for me; it's a complete return to racing.

"Basically, I want to make sure everybody at Team Rahal is comfortable with the test and time-wise, they've got to prep [three cars] for the Indy 500," Brack explained. "I don't want to be a strain on this team at the biggest race of the year and I want us to be on the same page.

"We're going to wait and make sure we do it the right way."

Neither Kenny nor Team Rahal have set a timetable for the test that must be completed before Brack can determine if he believes he's ready to compete in his #15 Pioneer/Argent Mortgage Panoz G Force/Honda once again.

"It's not that simple. You don't just jump into the car. You have to make the seat, get the personnel together and all that stuff. I want to make sure everything's right and I don't want to put a spanner into the team's Indy preparations," Brack said.

Kenny Brack.
Photo by Michael Kim.
"It's important that everybody focus on the biggest race of the year. This is what I want. It's the best situation." Not one to waffle on his beliefs, 38-year-old Brack thinks he's ready to drive. "I'm not 100% sure but I'm as confident as I can be."

Once the team has time in hand to facilitate Brack's day at the track, "I'll make a decision after the test. It's hard to do now (with so little time between this week's open test and the start of practice for the Indy 500 on May 9th), but when we're all ready to test, we'll go from there, I think."

In the meantime, he's getting ready to rock with Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers presented by Pioneer on May 27th, Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The group will open the festivities for headliner Blues Traveler on the Miller Lite stage, as they did in 2003.

Today Brack will autograph a ten-foot guitar for summertime display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its special GuitarMania II benefit for the Greater Cleveland United Way and the Hall's education fund. The instrument has been designed by Brainstorm, an Indianapolis-based branding and design firm.

This afternoon Kenny will add his own special touches to the huge fiberglass replica Fender Stratocaster guitar and sign it prior to sending it to the Cleveland, OH museum for display.

The design, entitled "Blue Rocks" is an abstract interpretation of the seminal musical genre with a subtle nod to Anthem, the nation's largest healthcare provider, who are sponsoring the installation, Brainstorm operatives said.

"Through corporate sponsorships like Anthem's and a public auction held after the exhibit, the event raised over $1 million last year and we're just glad to be a part of this worthy cause," declared Brainstorm founder Bob Blass.

In the past, artists who have contributed to the program include celebrated persona such as Peter Max, Joe Walsh and Keith Richards, placing the Swede in good company.

"As an avid guitarist, I have visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before," Brack noted, "and I'm very excited about having a guitar I have signed in the Hall. I want to thank Brainstorm and Anthem for their participation in the project."

Walking around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning, Brack looked far more fit than he did at Phoenix International Raceway last month. His limp is less pronounced than it had been at that time and his mobility on the right leg is much improved. Brack's general health looks much like it did prior to his accident at Texas Motor Speedway last October 12th.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kenny Brack , Michael Kim