IRL: de Ferran, Yasukawa admitted to Phoenix hospital

IRL: de Ferran, Yasukawa admitted to Phoenix hospital

AVONDALE, Ariz., Sunday, March 23, 2003 -- IRL IndyCarTM Series drivers Gil de Ferran and Roger Yasukawa were admitted March 23 to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix after crashing in separate incidents during the Purex Dial Indy...

AVONDALE, Ariz., Sunday, March 23, 2003 -- IRL IndyCarTM Series drivers Gil de Ferran and Roger Yasukawa were admitted March 23 to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix after crashing in separate incidents during the Purex Dial Indy 200 earlier in the day at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gil de Ferran and Tim Cindric.
Photo by IMS LLC.

de Ferran, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suffered a minor fracture of the lower back and a concussion, said Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League director of medical services. He is in fair condition, awake and alert.

Yasukawa, from Los Angeles, was admitted for observation, Bock said. He is in good condition, awake and alert.

de Ferran and Michael Andretti crashed in Turn 1 on Lap 187 of the 200-lap race. Andretti's No. 7 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone and de Ferran's No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone touched as de Ferran tried to dip under Andretti in Turn 1 for a pass for fifth place.

Both cars hit the outside wall. Andretti was unhurt.

Rookie Yasukawa crashed on Lap 100 in his No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

The medical update is scheduled for Monday morning, March 24.

Update from Super Aguri Fernandez Racing

Roger Yasukawa.
Photo by indyracing.com/Ron McQueeney.
Roger Yasukawa will be kept overnight for observation at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix following a crash in the Purex Dial Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway this afternoon. Yasukawa spun and made contact with the outside retaining wall in Turn Two at the halfway mark of the 200-lap IRL IndyCar Series event, and was transported to Good Samaritan after complaining of upper back pain. He will return to his home in West Hollywood, California, tomorrow morning.

Roger Yasukawa, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"It was going well and I think I got a little too greedy. We got behind after our pit stop and I was in a rush to catch up to the leaders. This was my first big shunt, and this was certainly experience for me."

Yasukawa, who was competing in his second IRL race, led the first laps of his IndyCar Series career prior to the incident.

de Ferran, Yasukawa released from Phoenix hospital

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Roger Yasukawa
Teams Team Penske