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08/12 2013

Castroneves suffers minor injuries after crash in Brazil

Castroneves suffers minor injuries after crash in Brazil

The Associated Press

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner sustained cuts on his legs and had neck and back pain after the crash Friday in Ribeirao Preto.

He left the wrecked car on his own but was taken to a medical center in an ambulance as a precaution.

Castroneves’ spokesman, Americo Teixeira, said the Penske Racing driver was doing well and the injuries were not serious. He said Castroneves was expected to compete in Sunday’s race, although clearance from doctors would not be given until more tests were conducted on his neck and back.

Seeking his first IndyCar title, Castroneves has a 31-point lead over Scott Dixon.

Castroneves tweeted late Friday with a reassurance he would be OK.