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Fri., June 2, 1995, midnight

Stan Fox, still unconscious with a brain injury from a crash in last Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, probably wouldn’t have survived at all without the protection his race car gave him or without quick medical attention, his neurosurgeon says.

Fox remained in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital, four days after his car slammed almost head-on into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s concrete wall and exploded in a violent shower of debris.

“There are features that are built into the cars to try and have the driver protected,” said neurosurgeon Kenneth L. Renkens. “A helmet alone can’t protect you from a brain injury, but the idea is you let some other mechanical device suffer the impact.”

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