Venturini Jr medical update 2005-02-14

Prognosis good for ARCA driver DAYTONA BEACH -- ARCA driver Billy Venturini Jr. underwent successful surgery to repair ligament damage in his neck Sunday, but the expectation is he'll make a full recovery, according to a team ...

Prognosis good for ARCA driver

DAYTONA BEACH -- ARCA driver Billy Venturini Jr. underwent successful surgery to repair ligament damage in his neck Sunday, but the expectation is he'll make a full recovery, according to a team spokesman.

Venturini was injured in a 13-car pileup on the superstretch in Saturday night's Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona International Speedway and was taken directly to Halifax Medical Center.

The 28-year-old driver had a plate fused between vertebrae in his neck during Sunday's surgery.

"We're very optimistic, but at this point it's hard to say anything other than we know he's going to recover 100 percent mobility," said team spokesman Tom Venturini, the driver's cousin. "(He's) in good spirits and looking forward to making a full recovery."

But at this point it's premature to put any timetable on the driver's recovery or the team's racing plans, Tom Venturini said.

"Right now our concern is for Billy's health."

Billy Venturini was diagnosed with a neck fracture to his second vertebrae and ligament damage in his neck.

The driver was fitted with a head-and-neck halo device to secure the injured area. He could be released from the hospital in a week or less, his cousin said.

Team owner Bill Venturini Sr., the driver's father, experienced the same type of neck fracture while racing in 1989. Two years later he went on to win the 1991 ARCA championship.

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