CHAMPCAR/CART: Medical update on Shinji Nakano

INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 2000 -- Walker Racing CART rookie Shinji Nakano was involved in a private testing incident on March 31 at the Milwaukee Mile and was subsequently examined and released from Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee on that date. ...

INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 2000 -- Walker Racing CART rookie Shinji Nakano was involved in a private testing incident on March 31 at the Milwaukee Mile and was subsequently examined and released from Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee on that date. Since his release from the Milwaukee Hospital, Nakano has continued his medical evaluations at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, and based on those evaluations, CART Medical Director Dr. Steve Olvey and consulting neurologist Dr. Terry Horner have determined that Shinji should not participate at the Nazareth, Long Beach or the Rio de Janeiro CART FedEx Championship Series races. Nakano is scheduled to be released from St. Vincent's Hospital today. "Shinji has several small bruises on his brain," said Dr. Horner. "While this is a moderately severe injury, there is really nothing we can do to speed the healing process along. The brain heals pretty slowly in comparison to the rest of the body, so it just takes time. I'll see him back in the office in a week for an exam and we will re-evaluate how he is doing and run some of the tests again, but this type of injury just takes time to heal itself." The rookie Japanese driver tested all day Thursday, March 30, without incident at the suburban Milwaukee circuit, which will play host to the sixth stop in the 20-race 2000 FedEx Championship Series -- the Miller Lite 225 -- on June 4. Nakano is coming off an eighth-place finish in his inaugural Champ Car start last weekend in the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota. "We're obviously disappointed at not being able to go to Nazareth," said Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker. "Shinji had worked very hard on ovals and we were looking forward to continuing the good progress he made at Homestead, but we agree with the doctors that it is best that he fully recover." "In the meantime, we are regrouping and fully expect to participate at Long Beach with a replacement driver who we will announce on Monday. We all wish Shinji a speedy recovery and thank the doctors and staffs at St. Vincent's and Froedtert for taking good care of Shinji." The CART FedEx Championship Series is scheduled to race this Sunday April 9 at Nazareth, Pa. in the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix presented by Toyota. The race will be aired live on ABC at 1 p.m. (ET).

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