Goodyear targets IROC return after Indy smash

Scott Goodyear, injured in an accident in last weekend's Indianapolis 500, has targeted the Brickyard's IROC event in August as a possible return to racing

Goodyear targets IROC return after Indy smash

Goodyear, 41, slammed into the wall on the back straight of the 2.5mile oval after hitting the spinning Sarah Fisher on the eighth lap of the Indy Racing League's showpiece event.

The two-time runner up of the Indy 500 suffered a fracture to his lower back which could take eight to 12 weeks to heal, but Goodyear, who drives for Eddie Cheever's Indy Racing team, maintains he'll be back in the cockpit for the Indianapolis IROC race on August 4.

"Obviously I'm disappointed because this stops me from testing for the Cheever Indy Racing team and Infiniti, and I know I will miss the IROC race at Michigan next month," said Goodyear. "I'm hopeful that I will be cleared to drive in the IROC event at Indianapolis, and after that I'll continue testing and planning for 2002."

The Canadian-born IRL driver, currently being treated at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, is expected to be allowed home by the end of this week.

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