IRL: Ryan Brisco medical update 2005-09-12

Ryan Briscoe Medical Update Indianapolis, IN, September 12, 2005-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Ryan Briscoe, driver of the no.33 Toyota Panoz, was involved in a spectacular accident at Chicagoland Speedway during Sunday's IndyCar Series race.

Ryan Briscoe Medical Update

Indianapolis, IN, September 12, 2005-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Ryan Briscoe, driver of the no.33 Toyota Panoz, was involved in a spectacular accident at Chicagoland Speedway during Sunday's IndyCar Series race. The incident occurred in Turn 3 as contact with Alex Barron sent Briscoe's car airborne and against the retaining fence above the SAFER barrier.

Briscoe was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. under the supervision of Senior Medical Representative Dr. Jason Linder, and was listed in good condition, but remained overnight for observation and in-depth examinations. Initial medical assessments indicate that Briscoe sustained a concussion, two broken collarbones, a bruised lung and contusions to his legs and arms.

Briscoe will be transported to Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital Monday afternoon under the care of Indy Racing League medical staff, and will have further evaluation and treatment supervised by Dr. Terry Trammell and Dr. Kevin Sheid. Briscoe will undergo more extensive examinations and may remain in hospital under observation for the next few days as a precaution.

Ryan Briscoe Quote:

"I remember the initial contact with Alex (Barron) and thought that we might just get away with not hitting the wall, but suddenly I was airborne and the rest is a little fuzzy. I was really happy to see the Delphi Safety crew guys so quickly and they took great care of me, even reminding me to give the crowd a quick wave to let them know I was okay. The HANS (head and neck support) device and the safety features on the car did what they were designed to do and I credit them for helping me walk away from the accident relatively unscathed. I was happy to hear that Alex and Kosuke (Matsuura) were okay as well. I haven't seen a replay of the accident yet but I hear it was pretty spectacular. It's been a difficult and disappointing weekend for the Target team but I'm doing just fine."

-cgr-

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