Manager Has No Doubt Priestley Will Drive Again

INDIANAPOLIS – As Jason Priestley recovered from head and spinal injuries sustained in a high-speed crash, his auto racing team manager said he had no doubt the actor would drive again.

”He’s a fighter, one of the toughest little guys I know,” Kelley Racing team manager Jim Freudenberg said less than 24 hours after the former Beverly Hills, 90210 heartthrob was seriously injured during practice at the Kentucky Speedway.

”He doesn’t give up easily. If I’m going to keep him out of a race car, it’s going to be a fight. That’s just the way he is.”

Priestley, 32, faces weeks of healing and rehabilitation but is expected to fully recover, doctors said Monday.

He was airlifted from the University of Kentucky Hospital to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis late Monday afternoon, and he remained in serious but stable condition Tuesday morning.

He had made previous arrangements to be transferred to the facility here, which has treated several other Indy Racing League drivers, in the event he was involved in a serious accident.