IRL: Sam Schmidt Motorsports-Davey Hamilton official team update

Monday, June 11, 2001 Davey Hamilton Begins Reconstruction Surgery Indianapolis, Indiana - Davey Hamilton, the Indy Racing League's Ironman was injured in an incident at Texas Motor Speedway during the Casino Magic 500. He was airlifted to ...

Monday, June 11, 2001

Davey Hamilton Begins Reconstruction Surgery

Indianapolis, Indiana - Davey Hamilton, the Indy Racing League's Ironman was injured in an incident at Texas Motor Speedway during the Casino Magic 500. He was airlifted to Parkland Hospital and received initial attention for injuries sustained to his feet and legs. A decision was made early Sunday morning to move Hamilton to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he will be under the care of Dr. Henry Bock, Director of Medical Services and Dr. Kevin Scheid.

Team Owner, Sam Schmidt was at the hospital on Sunday to meet with the doctors prior to the transfer. "Davey has broken both lower legs, but it is his feet that are of the greatest concern at this time. His feet have multiple fractures and soft tissue damage. Dr. Scheid has already begun reconstruction surgery and will continue procedures throughout the week. Dr. Scheid was the same doctor that treated Sam when he injured his feet at the season-finale Texas event in 1999.

At this time the family has requested privacy at the hospital. Well-wishes can be sent to Sam Schmidt Motorsports/LP Racing at 7355 South 50 East, Lebanon, IN 46052 or E-mailed to Davey@SamSchmidt.org. "There is nothing more inspiring than letters of encouragement from family, friends, and fans. I certainly have drawn from their strength many times and know that Davey will be able to do the same," states Schmidt.

As for the team, Schmidt commented that, "this has been a difficult time as an owner, but we will go on to the Pikes Peak Event in Colorado Springs. We have obligations to many paralysis patients who will be joining us trackside and a fundraiser for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. No decision has been made at this time with respect to a driver. Our first focus has been on Davey and his needs."

-SSM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Davey Hamilton , Sam Schmidt