IRL: Sam Schmidt Remains Stable, Awaits Possible Transfer

SCHMIDT REMAINS STABLE, AWAITS POSSIBLE TRANSFER LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000 - Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt remains in serious and stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center after suffering a spinal...

SCHMIDT REMAINS STABLE, AWAITS POSSIBLE TRANSFER

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000 - Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt remains in serious and stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center after suffering a spinal fracture Jan. 6 in an accident during the league's Open Test at Walt Disney World Speedway. Schmidt may be transferred to a rehabilitation facility as early as Thursday, Treadway Racing spokesperson Ruthie Culbertson said. He is breathing with the aid of a respirator and is awake, alert and aware of his surroundings, Culbertson said. Schmidt, 35, continues to suffer from paralysis from the clavicle down, Culbertson said. Doctors cannot yet determine of the extent and duration of Schmidt's paralysis, Culbertson said. Neurosurgeon Dr. Phillip St. Louis used a pin and a bone graft to fuse Schmidt's C-3 and C-4 vertebrae during surgery Jan. 6. A three-year Indy Racing veteran, Schmidt was injured when the rear of his 1999-spec Treadway Racing G Force/Aurora/Firestone car hit the outside retaining wall in Turn 2 of the 1-mile tri-oval. Schmidt was testing with other Indy Racing drivers in preparation for the season-opening Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway on Jan. 29. Cards and letters can be sent to Schmidt at: Sam Schmidt c/o Ruthie Culbertson Treadway Racing 6017 W. 71st St. Indianapolis, IN 46278 Donations to either CARA Charities, IRL Ministries or Speedway Children's Charities in Schmidt's name are encouraged in lieu of flowers and gifts. Donations should be sent to the above address. More details about Schmidt's injuries and condition will be provided when available.

-IRL/IMS-

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