Freak Accident Nearly Kills Grand Prix Racer

Car part bounces off track, fractures Felipe Massa's skull
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2009 11:05 AM CDT
An official talks to the brother of Felipe Massa as Massa is placed in a helicopter after his accident during the Grand Prix qualifying session at the Hungaroring circuit yesterday.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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(Newser) – A Brazilian auto racer is in “life-threatening,” though stable, condition after a spring from another car bounced off the track and hit the driver in the helmet, knocking him unconscious as he drove into a barrier, the Independent reports. Felipe Massa’s surgery for multiple skull fractures was “reassuring,” noted his doctor, who said the Brazilian Ferrari driver, who was competing in a Hungarian Grand Prix qualifier, had suffered no brain damage.