Tomas Enge medical update 2007-04-03

Tomas Enge Surgery Scheduled for Friday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Driver to Travel from St. to PeteIndy Today ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 3, 2007 -- Tomas Enge (a native of the ...

Tomas Enge Surgery Scheduled for Friday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis

Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Driver to Travel from St. to PeteIndy Today

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 3, 2007 -- Tomas Enge (a native of the Czech Republic living in Monaco) will undergo surgery to repair his broken left elbow on Friday, April 6. The Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing driver, who was injured in an accident while leading the GT2 class at the Sports Car Challenge at St. Petersburg American Le Mans Series race, will travel from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. to Indianapolis, Ind. for the surgery. Due to a partially collapsed lung, Enge cannot be transported by air. Therefore, the four-time American Le Mans Series race winner will travel in team owner Michael Petersen's motorhome to Indianapolis.

Following the 24 hour drive from Florida to Indiana, Enge is scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis on Thursday, April 5. He will then be admitted to Methodist Hospital and will have his first face-to-face visit with Dr. Terry Trammell. Trammell, the renowned orthopedic surgeon who has helped scores of professional race drivers return to the cockpit after serious injury, has reviewed Enge's X-Rays and is preparing for the surgery. Once the surgical procedures have been completed, Enge will remain in Indianapolis for rehabilitation.

Despite what is, at times, overpowering soreness from the impact, Enge's spirits and attitude remain high. He is excited about moving on to the next level of his rehabilitation and ultimate homecoming with the Dale White-managed team. He will return to the No. 31 MMPIE/PAWS/Petersen Holdings/Michelin Ferrari F430 GT upon the clearance of Dr. Trammell.

Additional information will be made available following Friday's surgery or as events warrant.

Electronic well wishes are welcome and can be sent to Tom@PetersenMotorsports.com and will be forwarded to Enge.

Quotes Tomas Enge: "The first thing I want to say is how much I appreciate everything that everyone has done for me. The doctors and nurses here at Bayfront have been very good to me. The American Le Mans Series, IMSA and the whole Petersen/White Lightning team have been here since the first moment and helped take care of all the details. I have had so many people call and email that it will take me time to respond to everyone but it is very nice to have so many people care. Panoz and Panther Racing even offered me the use of their jets. It means a lot to me. I can't even say how much it means. We are working with Indianapolis Medical Center and Dr. Trammell. We will have the surgery there because I want to be in the best hands of the best people. They know the race car drivers. I will leave here today and I am ready to get on to the next step to get back into the car. Otherwise, I am still in quite big pain but everything is going fine. Hopefully the surgery will be good and we'll be back on the track as soon as possible."

-credit: pm/wlr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomas Enge
Teams Panther Racing