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Actor Priestley Seriously Injured

August 11, 2002

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP) _ Actor Jason Priestley was seriously injured Sunday when his car crashed coming out of the second turn in the final practice for an Infiniti Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Priestley, former star of the ``Beverly Hills 90210″ television series, was taken by ambulance to the infield hospital and then by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

The nature of his injuries was not immediately available, an Indy Racing League spokesman said.

Priestley’s best finish in three starts in the IRL developmental series was second at Kansas Speedway. He qualified second on Saturday behind series leader A.J. Foyt IV.

Priestley, 32, began racing in the California Rally Series in 1991 and the SCCA Pro Rally Series in 1992-95. He drove in the IMSA Firehawk Series and Magna Enduro Series in 1995-99, with his first victory at Mid-Ohio in 1998. In 1998-99 he also drove in the Sportscar GTS1 Series.

Last season, he was a broadcast analyst for the entire IRL series, and this year joined the Kelley Racing team for the new Infiniti Pro Series, a developmental circuit with open-wheel cars that are similar but smaller and less powerful than the IRL cars.

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