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Lloyd Still Out; RLR's Hunter-Reay CrashesAlex Lloyd, injured Friday in the hardest crash of the month at the speedway, was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Saturday morning but has not yet been cleared to drive by the Indy Racing League. He will be evaluated by IRL medical staff again next week. Lloyd, driving in a joint operation between Rahal Letterman Racing and Chip Ganassi, crashed into the Turn 1 SAFER barrier, doing significant damage to the No. 16 Dallara-Honda. The 2007 Indy Lights champion complained of neck pain and was taken to the hospital for a CT scan, which was negative, and was kept overnight for observation. While RLR continued to fix that car, it got another repair job Saturday. Indy 500 rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay attempted a second qualifying run late in the day after being bumped from the top 11 spots, and backed it into the wall in Turn 3 of his second lap. "We had the speed yesterday so we had a taste of it, but we just couldn't recreate it today," said Hunter-Reay, who was unhurt in the crash. "We wanted to make the car a little better on the exit [of the turns] because that is where we were having trouble, but we were on the edge and we just went over." John Schwarb is a freelance journalist covering motorsports and a contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Injured Crewman Still HospitalizedDale Coyne Racing's Chuck Buckman, chief engineer for Mario Moraes, was transferred out of an intensive care unit but remained hospitalized Saturday after an accident during Friday's practice. While walking through the Andretti Green Racing pit area he was clipped by the left front of Danica Patrick's incoming car and sent flipping into the air. He landed on his head, briefly losing consciousness, and suffered a traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage and a skull fracture. Team owner Dale Coyne visited Buckman at the hospital Friday night and said he was resting comfortably and in good spirits, even able to joke about the incident, but Buckman won't return to work until next week at the earliest. "He looks terrible -- his face is all scarred up and there's a big bump on his head. That's what [doctors] are worried about, the bump on the head, because it's swollen," Coyne said. "I'd love to see him out here tomorrow, but he's not coming out here. He needs to rest. There's no hurry." Patrick declined further comment on the incident after issuing a brief statement Friday evening, but said Saturday that she had been updated on Buckman's condition.
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