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Source — Indy Racing PR
Date Posted — August 20, 2002
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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series driver Jason Priestley was moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a private room Aug. 20 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, and his condition is stable and continues to improve, said Dr. Scott Bjerke, medical director of Trauma Services for Methodist Hospital.

Priestley underwent successful surgery Aug. 19 at Methodist to repair fractures in his nose and the orbital bones of his face. Priestley previously underwent successful surgery Aug. 14 at Methodist to repair fractures in his back and feet.

Priestley, 32, from Vancouver, British Columbia, suffered multiple injuries in an Infiniti Pro Series practice accident Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway. He suffered a moderate concussion and a fracture of his ninth thoracic vertebra. In addition to a contusion around his left eye, Priestley had lacerations on the bridge of his nose and left cheek, neck lacerations and fractures in both feet.

Bernie Hallisky, the left-rear tire changer for Kelley Racing's No. 78 entry, underwent additional surgery Aug. 20 at Methodist. Hallisky, of Shelbyville, Ind., previously underwent surgery Aug. 11 for a compound fracture of his right leg, multiple fractures in his pelvis and a left hip fracture.

Hallisky's injuries were a result of an accident on pit road during the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

The Indy Racing League will release updates when available.

Get-well wishes for Priestley and Hallisky may be sent to:

Kelley Racing
6803 Coffman
Indianapolis, IN 46268


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Article posted by staff on August 20, 2002.