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Racing driver survives 200mph horror crash

PUBLISHED: 17:18 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:00 25 August 2010

AN INDY 500 driver has told of his miraculous escape after a crash saw his car take off and smash into a concrete wall at 200mph.

AN INDY 500 driver has told of his miraculous escape after a crash saw his car take off and smash into a concrete wall at 200mph.

The 26-year-old, from Bromley suffered multiple fractures to his lower left leg and a compression fracture to his spine after his racer was hurled against a concrete wall during the Indianapolis 500 race on Sunday. Speaking from his hospital bed, he said: "I'm feeling fine at the moment, all things considered.

"I'm just thankful that I came out of alive."

His family has flown to the US to be at his side in Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, where he is expected to remain until next week. Moving to undertake American Ryan Hunter-Reay on the bend of the final lap, his car touched the back wheel of his rival and went airborne, slamming into the wall. He was immediately airlifted to hospital where he underwent a five-hour surgery to repair his leg while a neck brace was later fitted to help heal the fractured vertebrae in his spine.

"I want to thank all the medical staff at the Methodist hospital, as well as the IRL recovery team and all those at the Indy Speedway track that pulled me out of the car. They've done a fantastic job."

The crash is expected to put the driver, who now lives in Sevenoaks, out for around three months, and certainly hasn't dampened his will to continue racing.

"I'm hoping for a speedy recovery and am already looking forward to being behind the wheel of a race car," he said.

George Holroyd, whose company designs graphics for racing cars, knew Mike when he raced as a Formula Three driver.

"I put the race on to record as it is such a long one. When I turned on, I caught the news and immediately saw it was a blue car, which I know Mike drives. You think the worst when you see something like that, but the report confirmed he was ok, thank god."

"I've sent him a text and had one back saying he is doing alright.

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