Manning to Sit Out Season Finale in Texas Indianapolis, IN, Tuesday, October 12, 2004-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Darren Manning, driver of the no.10 Toyota Panoz G Force, will not compete in this weekend's IRL IndyCar series 2004...
Manning to Sit Out Season Finale in Texas
Indianapolis, IN, Tuesday, October 12, 2004-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Darren Manning, driver of the no.10 Toyota Panoz G Force, will not compete in this weekend's IRL IndyCar series 2004 finale in Texas after consultation with the Indy Racing League's medical staff.
Manning underwent a follow up medical examination of his back with Dr. Terry Trammell on Monday, October 11, for an injury sustained at the California Speedway on Saturday, October 2. The injury, a minor compression fracture of the sixth and seventh thorasic vertebrae, was sustained during his qualifying attempt for the Toyota Indy 400 Fontana race. The incident occurred between Turn 1 and 2, and Manning was sidelined for the race with a slight concussion and a severe contusion in the middle of his back.
It is Dr. Trammell's medical assessment that while Manning's injury is not considered serious and is healing quickly, his recommendation is that in order to guarantee a fast and complete recovery, Manning must avoid any chance of a high speed rear impact for a period of two more weeks. Dr. Trammell expects Manning to be completely mended in just a few weeks.
"Darren has a full range of movement and very little discomfort, but given the physical demands and high speeds experienced in this sport, it is my opinion that he should sit this one out and give it a chance to heal completely for a three-week period," said Trammell.
"It is a shame to end the season in this manner," said Manning of missing the last two races of the 2004 IRL season. "I feel really good, but I will certainly abide by the doctor's recommendations. I have learned and gained a vast amount of experience from the Target team and we improved steadily throughout the year. I feel badly for my crew who worked so hard this year and we all would have liked to have had a chance to end the season on a better note. It's a bit of a let down, but at the same time, I know that I have a lot to look forward to as the Target team prepares for the 2005 IndyCar Series season."
"Darren Manning has already proved this season that he has the talent and drive that we expected from him," said Target team owner Chip Ganassi. "Target Chip Ganassi Racing has the utmost confidence in his abilities and we are very much looking forward to having a very strong 2005 season with him as the driver of the no.10 Toyota G Force. Darren has nothing more to prove this year and we would certainly not want to take any undo risks with his health. We will not be putting another driver in the no.10 Toyota G Force in his place for this race as feel that it is unnecessary. Instead we will concentrate on the task at hand and help Scott Dixon and the no.1 Target car finish the season on a high note for the entire Target team."
Manning will, however, have important duties to perform during the Chevy 500K race as he has been invited to participate in the LIVE ABC telecast from Texas Motor Speedway with hosts Paul Page, Scott Goodyear and Jack Arute. The Target Chip Ganassi Driver expects to add some his personal insight and commentary from the Target pits of Scott Dixon and the no.1 Toyota G Force during the race.
Target fans can tune in to watch the Chevy 500 K race and Darren Manning guest appearance on ABC at 12:30 pm (EDT) Sunday, October 17 or they can listen in on the IMS Radio Network.