Jakes in fiery crash in VegasUPDATE Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR medical director, James Jakes has been checked and released from the Infield Care Center. He is cleared to drive.
JAMES JAKES (No. 18 Acorn Stairlifts): "Me and Alex (Lloyd) just went into Turn 1 and 2, drafting into one another. I was going into (Turn) 2 and something broke in the left corner, and at those speeds it moves you so far off the track. When I hit the wall, the impact on the fire was pretty instant, and it went all the way down the back of my suit, and I tried to stop a lot sooner but the brakes were gone, and I just had to wait until the car stopped and get out of there."
DALE COYNE (Owner, Dale Coyne Racing): "We've got the back up, but it's in bits and pieces, so we'll see how bad this one is and get something ready in the next day."
Dale Coyne Racing's James Jakes suffered a broken right rear suspension in Turn 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway just after the start of IndyCar practice midday Friday. His No. 18 Dallara Honda veered right and slammed the outside wall.
The car burst into flames and continued to burn as the car slide through Turn 2, then down the embankment onto the apron. Before the car came to a stop Jakes was already unbuckled and jumped out of the car as soon as it came to a stop. He ran from the burning Dallara patting the flames out on his backside, but it appears he escaped injury.
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