Kanaan fractures arm in accident

Brazilian Tony Kanaan has fractured his left arm in a crash with Scott Dixon during the IRL IndyCar Series' inaugural race at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi circuit

Kanaan fractures arm in accident

The Andretti Green Racing star and Dixon, who drives for Ganassi Racing, crashed at turn three while battling for the lead on lap 178 of the race.

Dr Geoffrey Billows of the IRL medical staff confirmed that Kanaan suffered a radial fracture of his left arm in the incident. The Brazilian was taken to Dokkyo University Hospital in Tochigi, where X-rays showed no damage to his right leg, as had been feared.

The driver has now been released from the hospital and is returning to Indianapolis for further treatment. It is unknown yet if or how long his injuries might keep him out of the cockpit. The Indianapolis 500 is the next race on the IndyCar schedule.

Kanaan's injury is the second to befall an Andretti Green driver in recent weeks. Dario Franchitti was forced to miss the Motegi race after he crashed a motorbike. His replacement, the team's British test driver Dan Wheldon, finished seventh.

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