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Aug 21, 2001

Lopez Injured At Pocono During Tuesday Testing

Reigning Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Champion Grant Lopez crashed his Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R750 late Tuesday during testing at Pocono International Raceway and was helicoptered to Leheigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a concussion.<BR><BR>Lopez had completed 56 laps on the Pocono Formula USA course during a ProMotion track day, in preparation for this weekend's Formula USA National at Pocono.<BR><BR>If all had gone according to plan, Lopez would have completed the test session; flown to Colorado Springs Wednesday morning; practiced and competed in an AMA Formula Xtreme National at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Saturday; flown back to Pocono; and taken a provisional start in Sunday's first Formula USA Unlimited Superbike race.<BR><BR>Lopez is third in AMA Formula Xtreme points and fourth in F-USA Unlimited Superbike points, 10 points behind with six races and 150 points still available in the F-USA Series.<BR><BR>The elaborate arrangements required for the ambitious plan to work are currently on hold pending news of Lopez's condition.