Miami, Florida (December 24) -- Emerson Fittipaldi was injured in a bicycle accident while out riding last night when he struck a bike laying in the middle of the street. The accident occurred near his home.
The two-time Formula One World Champion (1972 and 1974) apparently did not see the bike that was left in the street due to the un-lit area.
Fittipaldi was treated and released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami where it was reported that he sustained fractures to his left collarbone and hand. He was treated by the same doctors who tended him after his 1996 Michigan 500 accident. In that career ending incident, Fttipaldi suffered severe neck and back injuries.
The 1989 FedEx Championship Racing champion retired from active racing in 1996 and has pursued his other business interests. Fittipaldi has remained active in motorsports as a businessman. Currently, he is on the committee to return racing to the street of Miami with the Panoz-Sanchez Group (American LeMans Series).
Fittipaldi has followed his nephew Christian's CART career including the recent venture into NASCAR Busch series. "Uncle Emmo" supports his nephew sometimes as an an 'ear' or 'shoulder' for Christian.
As a race car driver, Fittipaldi has experienced injuries during his career. This is the first reported injury from the Fittipaldi camp involving a bicycle. The two-time Indy 500 winner (1989 and 1993) hopefully will have an speedy and full recovery.