SAN JOSE, CA (September 17) -- Randy Hannagan will have to wait longer to return to the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series than doctors predicted, the series' 1995 Rookie of the Year said Monday. Surgeons who installed two titanium rods...
SAN JOSE, CA (September 17) -- Randy Hannagan will have to wait longer to return to the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series than doctors predicted, the series' 1995 Rookie of the Year said Monday.
Surgeons who installed two titanium rods to support the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg September 3rd originally told Hannagan he would be able to return to the series within six weeks.
"There's a bone fragment that didn't take when they put everything back together," Hannagan said. "The fragment moved a little bit and has caused what they call an open fracture. Where the two bones go together, there's a piece of bone missing. That's going to be the most difficult part (of the recovery). I might have to go in for a bone graft or just let it heal on its own. That can take anywhere from three to six months."
Hannagan suffered the injury early in the Harvest Classic championship feature at Calistoga Speedway September 2nd. Within a split-second after Stevie Smith and Craig Dollansky collided in turn one, Hannagan hit Dollansky and both cars flipped.
"This is tough, but my situation is pretty minimal compared to Alex Zanardi's ... and what's going on in the rest of the world right now," Hannagan said. "I look at the rest of the world and Zanardi's situation and all I have is a broken leg. Things that are going on in the world today categorize everything pretty quickly for you. There's always going to be another race or there will be another time and place when we can get together and race or attempt to race.
"I wish I was heading to Nebraska Raceway Park (for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' Great Plains Shootout) this week. I'd really like to be out there. Maybe I can make a quicker recovery than the doctors anticipate, but it's a wait-and-see thing now. I'll probably know if they're going to operate again by Thursday. I'm just going to keep it elevated and hope it heals soon so I can go racing."
Hannagan ranks 14th in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings, 15 points behind Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Meyers. "The Hurricane" has qualified for 50 of the series' 52 main events, driving Terry Hannagan Racing's #1X K&C Drywall Eagle into the top 10 20 times, including five in the top five. He won the first "A" Feature of his career March 24th at I-55 Raceway.