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Meira could miss four months with broken back

Brazilian IndyCar driver Vitor Meira Vitor Meira (born March 27, 1977 in Brasília, Brazil) is an auto racing driver. After participating in an open test for Panther Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002, he made his Indy Racing League debut with Team Menard on August 11, 2002 at Kentucky Speedway.  could miss four months after breaking two vertebrae Vertebrae
Bones in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the body that make up the vertebral column. Vertebrae have a central foramen (hole), and their superposition makes up the vertebral canal that encloses the spinal cord.
 in his back in a crash during the Indianapolis 500.

Meira will spend at least one more night in hospital, and could return to his home in Florida by Saturday, IndyCar Series The IndyCar Series is the premier series of the Indy Racing League. Due to the legal settlement with CART, the IRL was unable to utilize the name until the beginning of the 2003 season.  spokesman John Griffin said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, AJ Foyt's team has hired former Champ Car points champion Paul Tracy of Canada to drive in this weekend's race at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Meira was hurt when he and rookie Raphael Matos tangled late in the race. Meira's car spun, tipped over on its side and slid down the circuit with two wheels on the track and two over the wall.

Indy Racing League The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series.

The League consists of two series, the premiere IndyCar Series
 director of medical services Michael Olinger said doctors decided on a "non-operative management program" for Meira, meaning he will wear a body brace while he heals.
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Date:May 26, 2009
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