CHAMPCAR/CART: Fittipaldi Milwaukee Update

Fittipaldi knocked out in crash Milwaukee, WI (May 29, 1998) Newman-Haas driver, Christian Fittipaldi was knocked unconscious Friday in a turn 2 crash during the opening practice for the Miller Lite 200. His Ford-Swift was split in half.

Fittipaldi knocked out in crash

Milwaukee, WI (May 29, 1998) Newman-Haas driver, Christian Fittipaldi was knocked unconscious Friday in a turn 2 crash during the opening practice for the Miller Lite 200. His Ford-Swift was split in half.

Fittipaldi regained consciousness about three minutes after the impact according to Dr. Steve Olvey, director of medical affairs for the CART FedEx Championship Series.

Fittipaldi was transported by ambulance to Milwaukee County General Hospital for a precautionary CAT scan and X-rays. All results were negative.

"I went into the corner and the back of the car got a little away from me," Fittipaldi said from the hospital. "I just kept it wide-open thinking it would correct itself. Then I ran out of talent."

The incident occurred about 40 minutes into the scheduled 90-minute practice session. Fittipaldi had been driving laps at about 177 mph.

Max Papis knocked a hole in the wall less than 15 feet from where Christian Fittipaldi hit today at the exit of turn 2 on the one-mile oval at Wisconsin State Fair Park. It took three hours to repair the damage using steel plate and fast dry concrete.

All afternoon practice sessions were canceled.

"This was a bigger hit than Australia," he said. "I didn't pass out like I did today. I don't remember (Friday's) accident. I kept thinking I was having a bad dream and I would wake up and everything would be perfect. He missed seven races last year after breaking his leg in season opener in Australia.

"The leg is OK. I was worried when it hurt, but it was just because the brace I wear (in the car) scratched me."

Roberto Moreno will replace Fittipaldi in the car this weekend. CART will not allow any driver who has been knocked unconscious to race that weekend. Moreno was given his release to drive in Sunday's race by Team Penske for whom he is a test driver. He has 47 career starts in CART, including two earlier this season for the Project Indy team.

Jack Durbin - Motorsport News International

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi