Twelve people, including nine members of Tyce Carlson's crew, were injured yesterday when rookie Niclas Jonsson lost control of his car on pit road during practice for the Indy Racing League's Lone Star 500 in Fort Worth.
None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. Jonsson suffered a slight concussion and will miss today's race, which would have been his second on the circuit.
The accident at Texas Motor Speedway occurred with only a few minutes left in the post-qualifying practice. Jonsson was heading back onto the track after a pit stop when his car jerked left, hit the retaining wall and smacked into Carlson's parked car.
NASCAR: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway's oval is just over 2 1/2 miles long, and there won't be a safe spot anywhere on it today during the Winston 500. Forty-three cars will start the 188-lap event, and fewer than half could be running at the end, thanks to the rule requiring carburetor restrictor plates.
"What you're going to see [today] is cars running in big groups close together," said polesitter Joe Nemechek. "Nobody can run away in a restrictor-plate race."
CART: Dario Franchitti inched closer to rookie Juan Montoya's series-leading points total by breaking his own lap record to take the pole for today's Gold Coast Indy in Surfers Paradise, Australia.
Franchitti, who trails Montoya by 12 points with two races left, broke the record today he set last year by .585 seconds, lowering the mark on the 2.795-mile Surfers Paradise temporary street circuit to 1 minute 31.703 seconds.
FORMULA ONE: In Sepang, Malaysia, Michael Schumacher, in his first qualifying in three months, dominated the trials for the Malaysian Grand Prix, finishing nearly a second ahead of Ferrari teammate Eddie Irvine.