CHAMPCAR/CART: Medical Update On Franchitti

MEDICAL UPDATE: Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs, visited with Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti early this morning at Jackson Memorial Hospital and reported that the driver is in good spirits and experiencing minimal ...

MEDICAL UPDATE: Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs, visited with Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti early this morning at Jackson Memorial Hospital and reported that the driver is in good spirits and experiencing minimal discomfort.

Olvey said that Franchitti has a perfectly normal mental status and is expected to be transferred from the Trauma Intensive Care Unit to a private room today. According to Olvey, Franchitti is expected to be up on crutches later today or early tomorrow and will be released sometime over the weekend.

Olvey said Franchitti's ability to compete March 26 in the season-opening Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota at Homestead-Miami Speedway has not been ruled out at this time.

The initial data from the incident points to a mechanical failure in the right rear spindle. "There is no history of failure in this area," Team KOOL Green General Manager Kim Green said. "We are working with our technical partners at Reynard to evaluate the components."

Franchitti sustained non-displaced fractures of the pelvis and hip and small multiple contusions of the brain as a result of Wednesday's single-car accident in the final session of the afternoon. The incident in his KOOL Honda Reynard occurred in Turn 3 with approximately 10 minutes remaining in the session.

-CART-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Kim Green