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SAFETY EQUIPMENT SAVES WYNN'S DRIVER'S LIFE IN NEAR FATAL RACING ACCIDENT

 SAFETY EQUIPMENT SAVES WYNN'S DRIVER'S LIFE IN
 NEAR FATAL RACING ACCIDENT
 TORONTO, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- An enthusiastic Wynn's sponsorship plus a team of keen drivers was making this the best racing season of Mack McClellan's long and winning career. But Mack's participation in racing is on hold for some time due to a near-fatal accident on Saturday (July 18) at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
 Mack, who is a former USAC midget champion, was racing in the ESPN Saturday Night Thunder Midget event in order to qualify for the Race of Champions, to be held later this year. In qualifying heat No. 4, McClellan's car was involved in a freak accident which saw McClellan's wheels simultaneously hit the wheels of two other cars launching his midget a horrifying 15-turn roll at one of the fastest points on the track. The crash was so violent that ESPN elected NOT to show it on replay.
 The sophisticated seat belt, roll cage and safety features of the car were all that kept Mack alive. The rollover knocked him unconscious and he suffered badly broken hands, fractured forearms, a broken right clavicle and a basal skull fracture. Doctors at Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital have done reconstructive orthopedic surgery and are closely monitoring his condition, which is described as 'serious, but stable'. The injuries appear to be orthopedic with no evidence of internal injuries and full recovery is expected.
 Mack McClellan is a native of Dayton, Ohio and has been pivotal in the organization of the Wynn's X-Tend/McClellan Racing Team which has been competing extensively this season in Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown open wheel racing as well as in the prestigious Busch Grand National and ASA stock car AC/Delco Challenge Series. Mack himself was a strong contender for ASA Rookie of the Year in the AC/Delco Challenge Series. McClellan's team immediately rushed to fill Mack's driving shoes and the Wynn's X-Tend/McClellan Lumina was on the track in Milwaukee on Sunday for the Trak Auto 200 with support driver Dean South at the wheel.
 McClellan will return to his leadership of the Wynn's X-Tend/McClellan Racing Team as soon as his condition permits and in the meantime the Team's ASA, Busch and open wheel programs will continue as scheduled.
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 /CONTACT: Wynn Oil Company, 818-334-0231, or John Morris, 416-925-3436, for Wynn Oil Company/ CO: Wynn's Oil Company ST: Ontario IN: AUT SU:


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