Statement From the Family of Cristiano da Matta RuSPORT driver continues to recover with his family by his side in Wisconsin LOVELAND, Colo., Aug. 6, 2006, 2:30 pm EDT -- As Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta ( ...
Statement From the Family of Cristiano da Matta
RuSPORT driver continues to recover with his family by his side in Wisconsin
LOVELAND, Colo., Aug. 6, 2006, 2:30 pm EDT -- As Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) continues to recover from a head injury he suffered on Thursday, his family is currently by his side at the Intensive Care Unit at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisc. Da Matta was injured after colliding with a deer that ran onto the track near Turn Six at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., on Thursday afternoon, and is under the direct care of Randall R. Johnson M.D., Ph.D. from the Neuroscience Group of Northeast Wisconsin.
Da Matta's father, mother, two brothers and girlfriend arrived at the hospital late Friday night, and released the following statement today: "We have been fully briefed about Cristiano's condition, and the hospital staff has been providing us with frequent updates. We are very happy with the care that Cristiano is receiving here at Theda Clark Medical Center, and we are confident that he is getting the best care possible. We will continue to stay here with Cristiano for the foreseeable future, based on his recovery. The entire family would like to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received since Cristiano's accident, and continue to receive. Cristiano would appreciate it, and we know it will help him get through his recovery process."
The da Matta family is joined at Theda Clark Medical Center by Jeremy Dale, president of RuSPORT. Updates concerning da Matta's condition will be released by RuSPORT when they become available, and will be posted on RuSPORT's website, www.RuSPORT.com, both in the News section and a Special Updates section devoted to da Matta.
Since da Matta's accident on Thursday, RuSPORT and Champ Car have received many messages of support for da Matta. In response, RuSPORT also announced on Friday that, in lieu of sending flowers and gifts, anyone wishing to express their support for da Matta during his recovery is asked to please make a donation in his name to Hole in the Wall Camps, an official charity of the Champ Car World Series. Donation information can be found by visiting www.holeinthewallcamps.org, or by calling 203-562-1203.