June 2010
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
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Conway In Recovery
Jun 3 - Mike Conway faces months of recovery from a horrific accident at the end of the Indy 500. The Englishman has a fractured back that will
sideline him for at least three months.  He also has a broken leg, near his ankle which will require some surgeries. His team owner, Dennis
Reinbold of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, said the back fracture is expected to heal without surgery within three months.  It could have been worse
as his car was shredded by the catch fence between the third and fourth turns. The impact split the car into thousands of pieces, the sidepods
disintegrating as they tore through the catch fence.

"It was as scary (of an accident) as we've see for a while," said
Dennis
Reinbold
, a co-owner of Conway's team, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
No one was immediately named to replace Conway in this week's Izod
IndyCar Series race at Texas.

Ryan Hunter-Reay had surgery on his left thumb, an injury suffered
when he made pit-road contact with Scott Dixon. Somehow, Hunter-Reay
incurred no injury when Conway's car hit his.
Rossi Misses Home Race
Jun 5 - Valentino Rossi looked as happy as ever at his
beloved home track of Mugello yesterday afternoon, shaking off
the pain of his shoulder injury to set the fastest time on the
opening day. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate
Jorge Lorenzo was
0.369 seconds behind him in second and the pair looked in
command of the situation as this fourth round of the season got
underway, deep in the Tuscan countryside.

Rossi has won the Italian race nine times in his career and
professes to this being one of his favorite tracks, and the
31-year-old certainly looked at his best yesterday as he topped
the standings for almost the entire session. He is still suffering
from lingering pain in his right shoulder from an injury he
sustained over a month ago.  

Unfortunately for Rossi, he crashed during morning practice
this morning, suffering a compound fracture of the lower right
tibia, forcing him to miss qualifying and the race.
de Silvestro Alive, Little Thanks to Safety Team
June 5 - Simona de Silvestro hit the wall at Texas Motor
Speedway in the IndyCar night race.  The right side of her car
caught fire and she could not extricate herself from the car.  A
fire truck arrived and the men played around with a fire hose
that never spewed a single drip.  A couple guys worked on
extircating her as the fire grew.  Another fire truck showed up,
once again with no water.  The last guy to get out rooted
around for a a fire extinguisher, but he looked to be about 90
lbs and 110 years old.  He shot once at the wrong side of the
car.  By this point, de Silvestro was obviously getting burned up
as she tried frantically to get out as this inept team of safety
people floundered around like a bunch of Keystone Kops.  

If this happened to me at a little local track, I would sue the
track for a million dollars.  

de Silvestro appeared on TV later with her left hand all
bandaged.  Being a rookie and having not yet seen the
footage, she was much nicer about it than Texas speedway or
the IRL deserved.