CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta released from hospital

Cristiano da Matta Goes Home to Miami RuSPORT driver leaves hospital in Wisconsin; will continue rehabilitation at home ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., Sept. 23, 2006 -- Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta ( ...

Cristiano da Matta Goes Home to Miami

RuSPORT driver leaves hospital in Wisconsin; will continue rehabilitation at home

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., Sept. 23, 2006 -- Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) has left Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisc., yesterday, and was flown to his home in Miami to continue his rehabilitation process. Da Matta was injured after colliding with a deer that ran onto the track near Turn Six at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. during a Champ Car Open Test on August 3.

Champ Car Medical Director Dr. Chris Pinderski traveled with da Matta and his family from Neenah to Miami, and was able to observe da Matta's condition throughout the trip.

"We are pleased to announce that Cristiano da Matta went back to his home in Miami yesterday," said Pinderski. "His recovery so far has been nothing short of excellent and he's done so well that the remainder of his rehabilitation will take place on an outpatient basis. We are fortunate to have had excellent care provided at all levels for Cristiano including the Champ Car Safety Team, Theda Star Helicopter Service, Dr. Randall Johnson and all those involved with his care at Theda Clark Medical Center."

Further updates on da Matta's condition will be issued by RuSPORT as they become available.

After today's on-track activities are concluded at Road America, CARA and RuSPORT will host the CARA Cruise for Cristiano, a recreational bicycle riding event that will allow fans to take a lap around the track at Road America with some of their favorite Champ Car and Champ Car Atlantic Series drivers, such as Justin Wilson, Sebastien Bourdais, Bruno Junqueira, Nelson Philippe, Dan Clarke, Jan Heylen and Andreas Wirth, among others. Drivers participating in the CARA Cruise will also be available for autographs. The proceeds from both of these events will go to CARA Charities, to help support da Matta's recovery efforts. Registration for the event will be held all day on Saturday at the CARA Charities table in the infield of Road America, near the Champ Car Paddock. For more information on these events, please contact CARA Charities by phone at 317-299-2277, or by email at carachar@aol.com.

Since da Matta's accident on August 3, RuSPORT and Champ Car have received many messages of support for da Matta. In response, RuSPORT also announced 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.

-credit: ruSPORT

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , Nelson Philippe , Jan Heylen , Andreas Wirth , Cristiano da Matta , Dan Clarke
Teams HART