CHAMPCAR/CART: Patrick Carpentier medical update 2004-10-24

Patrick Carpentier Held Overnight for Observation after Late-Race Accident in Surfers Paradise SURFERS PARADISE, Australia (October 24, 2004) -- Champ Car driver Patrick Carpentier ( ...

Patrick Carpentier Held Overnight for Observation after Late-Race Accident in Surfers Paradise

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia (October 24, 2004) -- Champ Car driver Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is awake, alert and uninjured after an accident in the waning laps of Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Patrick Carpentier.
Photo by Todd Corzett.
As reported by Champ Car Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Chris Pinderski, Carpentier suffered a brief loss of consciousness in the accident, and was transported to Gold Coast Hospital for precautionary tests. Carpentier received a CT scan that showed no injuries and he will be held overnight in the hospital for observation. He is expected to be released in the morning.

What follows is a quote from Forsythe Championship Racing Vice-President of Operations Neil Micklewright.

"Obviously we were aware of the damage to the front wing and that it was waving around. Subsequent to a discussion that included driver Patrick Carpentier, the decision was made to made to continue the race in the hope that the wing would stay in place. Given Patrick's position in the championship standings and the number of points at stake, the team, along with Patrick, felt this was the correct course of action. The most important thing is that Patrick is okay and for that we are all happy and grateful."

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Series IndyCar
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