Jaime Camara became the first driver to take a trip to the medical centre in the build-up to this month's Indianapolis 500, after crashing on the second day of rookie orientation at the Brickyard on Monday.

Having passed the mandatory rookie orientation programme on Opening Day, the Brazilian spun entering turn one and made moderate contact with the SAFER barriers. Although he managed to extricate himself from the damaged Conquest Racing Dallara-Honda, he later complained of back pain, and was taken to the medical centre - and later Indianapolis Methodist Hospital - for checks.

"We went for our first run and the car was pretty good," he recalled, "I went into turn one and turned in a little early. I went below the white line, and that wasn't such a good idea.

"That's why I lost it and crashed - the accident was totally my fault. We had a pretty good car, and I'm sure we were going to be on the top of the time charts like yesterday. Unfortunately, the accident happened."

Camara was given X-rays as a precautionary measure, and the results were negative, but, according to Dr Mike Olinger, the senior medical director for the Indy Racing League, he will be re-evaluated today [Tuesday] before any decision is taken regarding his fitness to drive.

"Wednesday, everything is going to be all right again," the driver insisted, "We're going to the track with the same set-up as today and we're going to be there.

"They checked me here [at the track], but they wanted me to go to the hospital for a CAT scan to make sure that my spine and lower body was all right. Tomorrow, I'm going to see Dr [Terry] Trammell to see if I'm okay to drive, [and] I hope, by Wednesday, every thing will be okay. I feel fine, just a little sore."