CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez to sit out Mexico GP

Mexico City (Mexico) - Big news was announced this morning in Fernandez Racing hospitality. Adrian Fernandez will not be running this weekend on the advice of Dr. Terry Tramell. Luis Diaz will be his replacement for the Telmex Gigante Mexico...

Mexico City (Mexico) - Big news was announced this morning in Fernandez Racing hospitality. Adrian Fernandez will not be running this weekend on the advice of Dr. Terry Tramell. Luis Diaz will be his replacement for the Telmex Gigante Mexico Grand Prix presented by Banamex-Visa.

"I have advised Adrian that if he were to compete in the event this weekend, he would risk paralyzation. It is better that he does not participate in this Grand Prix", were Dr. Tramell's words. He added more advice to Adrian. "He's not going to drive any car, a racing car or street car, for three months. His recuperation will require a lot of rest".

"It was a big hit for me, I'm so sad about it but is better not take risks for next season. Mexico's GP will be here next year and we will be here for this race", Adrian said.

"I'm in sorrow with my sponsors, my family and obviously all fans, but it's better this way. I'm not thinking of retirement - I need something stronger to cause me to think about it", he warned.

Fernandez take rest for three months. After this and a revaluation, Fernandez will be ready for the inaugural race at St. Petersburg (FL) next February.

Luis Diaz had a test last week at Firebird Raceway and he impressed Fernandez on this test. "I can't believe it", said the Toyota Atlantic driver. "This is not the best form to drive a Champ Car. I send to Adrian all my praises for his recovering".

"The most difficult thing for me for this weekend will be the pit stops. It will be the first pit stops in my career", added Diaz.

This was a big shot for all Mexican fans, who want to see the Fernandez car driven by Adrian, local hero since 1996.

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