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May 06, 1987

Mario Andretti turned in the fastest lap in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Dennis Firestone became the second crash victim in the closing minutes of practice for the Indy 500.

Andretti turned his fast lap in the early afternoon. But two minutes before the scheduled track closing, Firestone, of Yorba Linda, who had just recorded a lap at better than 212 m.p.h., crashed in the fourth turn.

Firestone was examined at the track's infield hospital and then taken to downtown Methodist Hospital. He was reported awake and alert and his vital signs were stable, Speedway officials said.

Firestone suffered two broken bones in his left foot and a minor fracture of his left leg. He was reported in good condition, and doctors would decide in the morning whether to operate on the foot.

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