Toronto, Ontario (December 19, 2002): Canadian racecar driver Ashley Taws remains in a Toronto hospital recovering from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident on December 7. The nineteen-year-old Canadian Formula Ford racer underwent multiple surgeries to repair internal injuries, as well as aortic artery damage and a lower back fracture. Taws, who was in the rear seat and wearing her seat belt, was returning home from an evening out with friends.

According to doctors treating the racer, all surgeries were a success and she is now recuperating prior to beginning a rehabilitative process. It is unknown whether she will be discharged from hospital prior to the Christmas holiday, however, Taws is in good spirits and sends her thanks to the scores of race fans and supporters whose cards, e-mails, letters and gifts have lifted her spirits over the past two weeks.

In 2002 Taws became the first woman to ascend to the podium in Canadian Formula Ford Championship history. She finished the season in fourth place overall and was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year title. She also made history when she earned the pole position at the Molson Indy Toronto, scoring another first for a female racer in the Formula Ford Championship.

Those who wish to send a note of encouragement to Ashley may do so through her official website: www.ashleytaws.com.

-mj-