Hamilton Undergoes More Surgery

For the second time in two days, Davey Hamilton was taken into surgery Sunday night as physicians try to stabilize the circulation to the veteran racer’s feet.

Hamilton was injured in a violent crash on Lap 73 of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series’ Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. He suffered severe injuries to his legs and feet when his car went airborne and struck the fence on the outside of Turn 2.

Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the IRNLS, described his injuries as damage to bones, muscles, blood vessels and the circulation to his feet.

After the race, Hamilton was taken to Parkland Hospital, where he was taken into surgery. He was transferred to Methodist Hospital on Sunday afternoon, where orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Scheid and his staff operated on the 38-year-old a second time.

The two surgeries focused on stabilizing the circulation to Hamilton’s feet, removing damaged tissue and reconstructing the fractured bones. Further surgeries will be required to reconstruct the bone, muscle and skin of his lower extremities.

Hamilton is the only driver to have started every IRNLS race since the league began in 1996. He is a two-time championship runner-up and has earned more than $3 million in his career. He is 19th in the current IRNLS points standings.

Robby McGehee, who was also injured in an accident Saturday night, remains at Parkland Hospital in good condition. He was taken into surgery early Sunday morning to repair a broken lower left leg.

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