CHAMPCAR/CART: CCWS Medical report on da Matta

MEDICAL REPORT CONCERNING 2002 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CRISTIANO DA MATTA INDIANAPOLIS (August 3, 2006) -- Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta ( ...

MEDICAL REPORT CONCERNING 2002 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CRISTIANO DA MATTA

INDIANAPOLIS (August 3, 2006) -- Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) was injured Thursday when his car collided with a deer on-track during today's Champ Car Open Test at Road America.

Da Matta was airlifted to Theda Clark Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma. The following is a statement released by Champ Car Medical Director Dr. Chris Pinderski.

"After arriving at Theda Clark Medical Center a head CT scan showed Cristiano had suffered a subdural hematoma. He was urgently taken to the operating room for surgical removal of the hematoma and is now being observed in the intensive care unit."

The series will continue to closely monitor the situation concerning the 2002 series champion and will issue immediate updates as they become available.

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Series IndyCar
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