CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy injured in Long Beach practice

CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy injured in Long Beach practice

2003 Champ Car champion Paul Tracy is out of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Canadian crashed hard during the morning Champ Car World Series practice on the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit. Paul Tracy crashes. Photo by Bob ...

2003 Champ Car champion Paul Tracy is out of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Canadian crashed hard during the morning Champ Car World Series practice on the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit.

Paul Tracy crashes.
Photo by Bob Heathcote.

The Forsythe Championship Racing driver sustained a compressed fracture to his first lumbar vertebrae when his Panoz DP01 nosed into/on top of the concrete wall in the first turn.

Tracy was treated at the scene by the CCWS Safety and Medical Team before being transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach, California for further examination when he complained about pain in his back where X-rays and an MRI determined the vertebrae fracture.

At this time, the length of recovery has not been determined. Oriol Servia has been called up to take Tracy's seat for the rest of the weekend, including the pre-qualifying practice session and today's final round of qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday's race.

After the second round on the 2007 calendar tomorrow, Gerry Forsythe and general manager Neil Micklewright will determine their options for next weekend's race at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas.

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