Irvan, 40, sustained what doctors termed a mild head injury in a crash at Michigan Speedway on Aug. 20—five years to the day after he had suffered life-threatening head and chest injuries at the same track The night of the 1994 accident, Irvan was given only a 10% chance of survival, yet he was up and about by October and resumed Winston Cup racing a year later. Then last October, in a crash at Talladega, Irvan suffered a concussion and missed the last four races of the season.
In the wake of his most recent accident, Irvan asked his personal physician to evaluate his condition. "The doctor said that the first time I came back to racing was a full-fledged miracle," Irvan said. "Then he said, 'How many miracles can you have?' That woke me up. I don't want to retire, but it's the smart thing to do. I don't know if I could survive another wreck like the two I've had at Michigan."
Nicknamed Swervin' Irvan for his wild driving style, Irvan won 15 races in a Winston Cup career that began in 1987.
Foyt to Focus On NASCAR
A sign of the times: A.J. Foyt, arguably the biggest name in the history of Indy car racing, will field a NASCAR Winston Cup team next season and is looking for a driver. Although Foyt says he'll keep his IRL team going, he will attend "99 percent of the NASCAR races." Given a Winston Cup schedule of 34 events, Foyt clearly won't have much time left to focus on Indy cars.... CART CEO Andrew Craig was to meet with San Francisco mayor Willie Brown this week to discuss a possible downtown street race, beginning next year.