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Indy Crew Chief Upgraded

The condition of a pit crew member critically injured in a crash at Sunday's Indianapolis 500 has been upgraded to fair, hospital officials said Friday.

Steve Fried, the chief mechanic for rookie driver Robby McGehee, remained at Methodist Hospital on Friday.

The Mentor, Ohio, crewman was working in McGehee's pit early in the race when he was struck from behind by Jimmy Kite's car, which had been hit by another car whose brakes had failed. Fried landed on his face and sustained head and chest injuries.

McGehee, who finished fifth and was named rookie of the year, gave Fried his trophy Tuesday.

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