IRL: Vision Racing - Carpenter medical update, comments on Dana

VISION RACING MOURNS LOSS OF PAUL DANA; DRIVER ED CARPENTER IS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL MIAMI, Fla. (March 27, 2006) -- The entire Vision Racing organization is mourning the loss of fellow Indy Racing League IndyCar Series family member, Paul Dana...

VISION RACING MOURNS LOSS OF PAUL DANA; DRIVER ED CARPENTER IS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

MIAMI, Fla. (March 27, 2006) -- The entire Vision Racing organization is mourning the loss of fellow Indy Racing League IndyCar Series family member, Paul Dana today. The team's thoughts and prayers are with the Dana Family and Rahal Letterman Racing team.

Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone who was also involved in yesterday's incident, is saddened by the loss of a fellow friend and competitor and said, "It was a bad day for racing and my prayers and thoughts go out to Paul's family. I was fortunate to be able to speak with Paul's brother during my stay at the hospital and I was glad for that. I wish I could have spoken with his wife as well, but I want her to know that my sincerest sympathies and prayers are with her, their family and the entire Rahal Letterman Racing team at this time."

Carpenter was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami today, according to Dr. Henry Bock, senior director of medical services for the Indy Racing League. He remains under the care of Dr. Steve Olvey.

According to Bock, Carpenter remains in good condition with a bruised lung following yesterday's incident during the final warm-up session prior to the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Carpenter has not been cleared to drive in Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, according to Bock. Grateful for his condition and care, Carpenter stated, "I want to first thank the entire IRL Safety Team and the other medical staff who treated me. I remember seeing Mike Yates of the IRL Safety Team first and that was a welcomed sight. It is comforting to have them present in these types of situations."

Carpenter went on to say, "I have bruising on my lungs and I need to watch out for that. I have some breathing exercises to do, but other than that I am doing very well. I'm very blessed and fortunate and it is my goal to get back in the car for St. Petersburg."

Vision Racing plans to participate in tomorrow's IndyCar Series test at St. Petersburg. Carpenter will not be behind the wheel of the #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone for that test. In spite of that, the team's main concern at this hour is the family of Paul Dana and Rahal Letterman Racing. Again, Vision Racing sends its deepest sympathies.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Dana , Ed Carpenter