CHAMPCAR/CART: Adrian Fernandez medical update 2002-10-27

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia (October 27) -- Adrián Fernández was involved in a major multi-car incident at the beginning of today's Honda Indy 300. He was transported to Gold Coast Hospital for precautionary x-rays after experiencing pain in the...

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia (October 27) -- Adrián Fernández was involved in a major multi-car incident at the beginning of today's Honda Indy 300. He was transported to Gold Coast Hospital for precautionary x-rays after experiencing pain in the base of his neck.

Although an initial CT scan came back negative, additional tests were performed due to Fernandez's discomfort.

Per Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs: "After further CT scanning, Adrian has two thoracic fractures at T-2 and T-3 [below the neck]. They do not require surgery and there is no risk to the spinal column. He will be wearing a cervical collar for comfort and will keep his flight [to the United States] tomorrow.

"He will not be able to drive [next weekend] at Fontana, and the question of Mexico City will determined later in the week."

Fernandez has been released from the hospital.

Heavy rain contributed to the crash, which also involved the cars of Jimmy Vasser, Michel Jourdain, Jr., Christian Fittipaldi, Alex Tagliani, Patrick Carpentier, Michael Andretti, Tora Takagi and Mario Dominguez.

"It's unfortunate that once again I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Fernandez. "The visibility was zero and everyone was being extra cautious. I was hit from behind and Tora's car landed on top of my head. It could have killed me. It was one of those things. It is unfortunate about Fontana, and I hope that I will feel a lot better and will be able to race in Mexico City. That decision will be up to the doctors and we won't know until next week."

-fr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Christian Fittipaldi , Tora Takagi , Mario Dominguez , Michel Jourdain