PJ Kod From Indianapolis

Clock it as one of the shortest jobs in the history of the Indy Racing League.

P.J. Jones, brought in to drive the No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara/Chevy in place of injured Jacques Lazier, fractured his C-6 vertebrae and may need up to six weeks to recover. Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 is Saturday, and the 86th running of the race is in two weeks.

Jones, son of 1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones, has run well in the first three days of practice, topping out at 227 mph on Tuesday before he spun in Turn 1 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 5:40 p.m. ET. He made contact with the rear of the car with the outside SAFER barrier.

The No. 2 Dallara then slid to the inside of the track, crossed the warm-up lane and hit the inside guardrail with the left side of the car. Jones stepped from the car with assistance. He was awake and alert when transported by ground to Methodist Hospital for precautionary X-rays.

Jones was held overnight at Methodist Hospital and is expected to be released today, Bock said.

The team has not named a replacement driver.

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