MONTEREY, Calif. - Champ Car driver Oriol Servia escaped serious injury when he made contact with the rear of Mauricio Gugelmin's car during the Grand Prix of Monterey on Sunday.
Servia's #22 Sigma Autosport Lola-Ford/Cosworth ran up the back of Gugelmin's car entering Turn 2 of the Laguna Seca Raceway on Lap 66 of the race. The nose of Servia's car then hit the dirt and did a double flip in the air before landing on its wheels backwards beyond the turn.
The CART safety crew took their time in extracating Servia (who was fully concious), and he was then taken to the CART Medical facilities, where he was examined by Dr. Steve Olvey, CART's Director of Medical Affairs. Servia was then taken to the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula for precautionary X-rays and further evaluation. He was examined by Dr. Robert Keaney and then released.
"I feel bad because it was a good race up that point and I had some points and I was feeling good too. The accident itself, I still don't know what happened. I was following Mauricio (Gugelmin) and I was very surprised when he braked. As for my injuries, it's a good sign that I'm able to talk about this. I'm sore, but should be in great shape to race in Australia." - Oriol Servia, Sigma Autosport Driver
"We are extremely overjoyed that Oriol is okay. It was a frightening accident and to see that he was not seriously injured was good news." - Paul Cherry, Sigma Autosport Managing Director
"Oriol has soft tissue injuries of his neck area, which are uncomfortable, but not really serious. The X-rays were negative and normal and I'm expecting that his pain will be short-term. At this point I don't really foresee any long term damage of any kind." - Dr. Robert Keaney, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.