Column: IndyCar and Pocono must make tough marriage decision

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(AP) -- The same message is repeated at least once a year - after a frightening crash, an injury, the death of a driver - that racing at high speed anywhere is inherently dangerous.

Scott Speed, a former NASCAR and Formula One driver, broke three vertebrae on a hard landing during qualifying last weekend for the American RallyCross Championship Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City. He has been hospitalized in Utah.

Speed's injury didn't get nearly the same attention as an IndyCar crash two days later at Pocono Raceway that reignited a debate on the compatibility of the Pennsylvania track and the open wheel series.

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