Hornish Injured In Indy Testing

Newly crowned Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. crashed hard Wednesday while testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 22-year-old Hornish, who drivers for the Pennzoil Panther racing team, was taken to Methodist Hospital and is being evaluated for fractures to his left foot. According to Speedway medical director Dr. Henry Bock, Hornish is awake and alert with no other injuries.

"The car was running pretty good," Team manager Kevin Blanch. "It got loose. He banged his left knee and right elbow. He'll be sore tomorrow."

Hornish spun and hit the outside wall at the exit of Turn 1 on the 2.5-mile oval. He was driving the same car that won the season ending Chevy 500 two weeks ago at the Texas Motor Speedway. He did not lost consciousness in the accident and will see an orthopedic specialist to treat the injuries.

A three-time IRNLS winner this season, Hornish was the first car to take to the track this morning as several drivers begin to prepare for the 2002 running of the Indianapolis 500. His top speed was more than 223 mph in 68 laps on the track.

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