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Injured IRL Driver Continues to Improve

October 15, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Kenny Brack’s condition is constantly improving after his horrendous crash in the IRL’s season-ending race at the Texas Motor Speedway.

``We are having good news every day,″ Brack’s wife, Anita, said Wednesday in Dallas.

The 1998 series champion and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner remained in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital, according to a release from Team Rahal.

Brack was injured Sunday when his car went airborne after contact with Tomas Scheckter in the closing laps of the Chevy 500. He had surgery on a broken thigh and broken ankles Sunday night and on his broken back on Monday, when doctors repaired a spinal fracture and fused three vertebrae.

``Sure, it has been tough for us after seeing Kenny in such an amazing crash,″ his wife said. ``My first thought was to ask if he was still alive. But after a few minutes, I knew he was hurt but felt he could survive.″

Anita Brack does not know if her husband will race again.

``That is up to Kenny,″ she said. ``If he wants to race, I will be behind him. I love racing, too. My instinct says he will want to race. But we know he has a long recovery period ahead.″