Indy Driver To Miss At Least 3 Months After Crash

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IndyCar driver Mike Conway will miss at

least three months with back and leg injuries from his frightening

crash in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Conway had surgery for multiple fractures in his lower left leg

and has been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his back. The

back injury was not confirmed until Monday morning.

Conway's team, Dreyer & Reinbold, has yet to say who will

replace him in the No. 24 car.

The 26-year-old Englishman was injured on Lap 199 when Ryan

Hunter-Reay's car, already low on fuel, started sputtering. Conway

was going about 220 mph through the short chute between turns three

and four, and couldn't avoid running into the back of Hunter-Reay.

The contact sent Conway airborne and into the catch fence,

splitting the car into two large pieces though the driver's seat

remained intact.

He was airlifted to a local hospital after the race, where he

had surgery.

On Monday morning, race winner Dario Franchitti reflected on the

horrific crash as he took a lap with reporters in a van.

"When they called yellow, there was relief, like 'OK, this

helps us.' Then, the next thing you heard was 'Debris is

everywhere,"' Franchitti said. "And I thought 'Oh no.' Then I saw

it was Mike and was hoping it was OK, and when I came around the

next time, I saw his helmet was off and I knew he was OK. When you

see the size of that accident, you knew he was lucky."

Conway will be fitted for a back brace that he will wear for

three months.

Hunter-Reay injured his left thumb Sunday but not in the big

accident that forced the race to finish under caution.

He was scheduled to have surgery Monday and will be fitted with

a carbon fiber splint.

Doctors believe the splint will allow Hunter-Reay to compete

Saturday at Texas in what could be his final race under the

Andretti Autosport banner. His part-time deal was set to end after


Hunter-Reay, who has one win this season, finished 18th at Indy.

was 19th.


Dreyer & Reinbold had three other drivers in Sunday's race -

Brazil's Ana Beatriz, South Africa's Tomas Scheckter and England's

Justin Wilson. Wilson and Conway, also a Brit, are the team's two

full-time drivers.

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