INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Danny Ongais, an 11-time Indianapolis 500 starter, was hospitalized Monday after his car crashed coming out of the third turn during practice.

Ongais was reported awake and alert as track workers took him on a stretcher from the car to an ambulance for the short ride to the infield hospital.

Ongais appeared to be shaken up, but there were no signs of any other injuries and he was taken to nearby Methodist Hospital as a precaution, Dr. Henry Bock said.

Ongais, 56 next week, is the oldest driver entered in the May 24 race.

His last appearance at Indianapolis was in 1996, when he took over the Team Menard car that was qualified on the pole by Scott Brayton, who was killed in a later practice session. Ongais had to start at the rear but finished seventh, his best finish since he was seventh in 1980.