Injuries from 2001 crash can't derail Hamilton

Davey Hamilton's racing future -- and life -- were in serious jeopardy after a horrific crash at Texas. Six years and 21 surgeries later, Hamilton makes his heroic return to Indy, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: May 9, 2007, 6:55 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Davey Hamilton's participation in the 91st Indianapolis 500 is not just a remarkable story about a man overcoming unimaginable injuries to step back into a racing car. It's a victory for the initial vision of the Indy Racing League.

You remember the the "original" IRL, don't you? The one founded by Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George to preserve the tradition of open-wheel oval racing while cutting costs and providing opportunity to American short-track drivers. ...

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