So I was watching the rally car competition at the X-Games on Sunday, and who to my surprise was a competitor ....
A successful open-wheel racer, Brack was the 1998 IndyCar Series champion and 1999 Indy 500 champion. But his open-wheel racing career all but ended after a terrifying crash in the IRL season finale in 2003.
See the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2ORmCDb_sM
Brack was left with multiple fractures, breaking his sternum, femur, shattering a vertebra in his spine and crushing his ankles. He spent 18 months recovering from his injuries.
In 2005, he raced in the Indy 500 as a fill-in for Buddy Rice, even setting the fastest qualifying speed in the field. But it would be his only appearance in the in open-wheel series after that wreck.
So it was a wonderful surprise to see him racing at the X-Games. A let me tell you, Brack was schooling the competition. While the youngsters were spinning their wheels and losing traction with their drifting, the 43-year-old was smooth as all get all on the rally car course.
Brack would face Travis Pastrana, a veteran of rally car racing and the X-Games at the ripe old age of 25, in the final. But it was the X-Game rookie Brack who would take the gold, with Pastrana spinning and pinning himself into a tight spot from which he couldn't escape, ending his run.
I don't know if Brack will be back to defend his title next year, but it sure was a pleasant surprise to see him competing again.