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Hildebrand, Mann released from Las Vegas hospital

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - IndyCar drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Pippa Mann were released from the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Monday, one day after suffering injuries in a 15-car crash that claimed the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and former series champion Dan Wheldon.

Mann, 28, underwent surgery to clean and assess a severe burn injury to the little finger of her right hand sustained in the accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. She will need a subsequent operation in 2-3 weeks to fully repair the injury. Mann is expected to make a full recovery.

Hildebrand, 23, suffered a severely bruised sternum during the wreck, which required him to stay at the hospital overnight for observation.

Will Power was also taken to the hospital after complaining of lower back pain from the crash. The 30-year-old driver was released several hours later. Power trailed leader Dario Franchitti by 18 points heading into IndyCar's season- finale at Las Vegas. Franchitti claimed his record third straight and fourth overall championship in the series.

10/17 17:39:43 ET


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