Doug Hardwick, the vent man for Shinji Nakano's #54 Beard Papa's Dallara-Honda, has been released in good condition from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following an incident during yesterday's Indy 500.

Hardwick, a local Indianapolis man, was hit by the left rear tyre of Nakano's car as the Japanese driver left the pits after a regulation pit-stop during Sunday's event, requiring medical attention at the circuit before being taken to hospital.

However, Dr Henry Bock, the director of medical services for the Indy Racing League, later declared the injured mechanic fit to return home.