Dare Injured in IRL Practice Crash
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Airton Dare broke his right arm and right leg Thursday when his car slammed twice into the wall and spun out of control during an Indy Racing League practice session at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dare was ``awake and alert″ and in stable condition late Thursday night at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, said Dr. Henry Bock, the IRL’s director of medical services. Dare was expected to have surgery, but IRL officials did not have any more information.
Dare was in the fourth turn when his car shot up into the wall, destroying the right side and sending fire from the engine block. The car then hit the wall again before spinning along the frontstretch and coming to rest on a grassy infield.
When the car stopped, Dare removed the steering wheel _ an indication that he was conscious _ and threw it out of the cockpit.
Emergency workers then tended to the driver for several minutes before removing him from the car. Dare was placed on a stretcher and into an ambulance. He was transported by helicopter to the hospital.
Dare was practicing in the second A.J. Foyt Racing entry for Saturday night’s Bombardier 500. He replaced Shigeaki Hattori as the teammate for primary team driver A.J. Foyt IV.
Jaques Lazier will replace Dare for the race. Since Lazier didn’t run qualifying laps Thursday night, he will start at the back of the 22-car field.
Dare was the IRL rookie of the year in 2000, and last year won his first IRL race at Kansas while driving for Foyt. He finished third in the Texas race last June.
In his only IRL race this year, Dare drove a third Foyt car at last month’s Indianapolis 500 and finished 24th. He was knocked out of the race in an accident on the 127th lap.