Injured Brack Mourns Renna's Death
Oct. 23, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ IRL driver Kenny Brack was transferred from Methodist Hospital to an Indianapolis rehabilitation center Thursday, two weeks after a horrific crash in Texas.
``I'm starting to feel better each day,'' said Brack, the 1998 IRL champion and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner. ``I feel good about going to the rehab center now. I know the rehab will be a long process, but I plan to work hard and get back to my old self.''
Brack, listed in satisfactory condition, broke bones in his thigh, back, ankles and chest when his car collided with Tomas Scheckter's car and went airborne during the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 12. He was brought from Dallas to Indianapolis on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, IRL driver Tony Renna was killed in a crash similar to Brack's.
Renna's car lifted off the track and went airborne into a fence during private tire tests at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 26-year-old Renna, the first to die at the Speedway since Scott Brayton in 1996, had just signed with Ganassi Racing this month and was practicing with his new team for the first time.
``Tony was an up-and-coming star in the IndyCar Series, and it is a shame to lose such a talent,'' Brack said in a statement released through Team Rahal. ``He will be greatly missed.''
Speedway spokesman Ron Green said officials from the IRL, Ganassi, the Speedway and Firestone are investigating the cause of Renna's crash.