IRL: de Ferran, Yasukawa released from Phoenix hospital

AVONDALE, Ariz., Monday, March 24, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series drivers Gil de Ferran and Roger Yasukawa were released March 24 from Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix after crashing in separate incidents during the Purex Dial Indy...

AVONDALE, Ariz., Monday, March 24, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series drivers Gil de Ferran and Roger Yasukawa were released March 24 from Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix after crashing in separate incidents during the Purex Dial Indy 200 on March 23 at Phoenix International Raceway.

de Ferran, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suffered a minor fracture of the lower back and a slight concussion, said Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League director of medical services. He will receive further treatment for the back injury in Florida, Bock said.

Yasukawa, from Los Angeles, suffered a slight concussion, Bock said.

Neither driver has been cleared to drive, Bock said. Their status for the Indy Japan 300 on April 13 at Twin Ring Motegi is subject to further evaluation, Bock said. Updates on their status will be provided when available.

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 hard. Andretti was unhurt.

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

de Ferran, Yasukawa admitted to Phoenix hospital

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