Tommy Lipar Racing: Von Smith undergoes heart surgery OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (August 11, 2004) -- Pro Mod driver Von Smith underwent successful quintuple (5-way) heart bypass surgery today at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Tommy Lipar Racing: Von Smith undergoes heart surgery
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (August 11, 2004) -- Pro Mod driver Von Smith underwent successful quintuple (5-way) heart bypass surgery today at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He is currently resting comfortably in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
Smith, 41, began experiencing chest and breathing problems this past weekend and was examined and admitted to the hospital yesterday. Doctors indicated that Smith could have experienced a mild heart attack sometime during the last week. Post operative prognosis by doctors indicated a full recovery for Smith.
Smith, who drives the Tommy Lipar Racing 2004 Pro Mod Ford Mustang GT on both the NHRA and IHRA circuits, will be out of action for the foreseeable future and will be temporarily replaced by veteran Pro Mod driver Tommy Gray at both the IHRA Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals, this weekend at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, being held in conjunction with the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, Tenn., the weekend of August 20-22.
"On behalf of the entire Tommy Lipar Racing organization and LGI, we want to wish Von the best with his recovery and our thought and prayers go out to him, his wife, Mona and family. We know he is receiving the best of medical attention and care and will make a full recovery from today's surgery," said Tommy Lipar.
Cards and flowers can be sent to Von Smith, c/o Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 37830.