Hannagan medical update 2001-10-01

SAN JOSE, CA (October 1) -- While Randy Hannagan is pleased the surgery on his broken right leg was successful, he's not happy to be a month behind in his recovery. "The surgery went well Thursday night," the 1995 Pennzoil World of Outlaws...

SAN JOSE, CA (October 1) -- While Randy Hannagan is pleased the surgery on his broken right leg was successful, he's not happy to be a month behind in his recovery.

"The surgery went well Thursday night," the 1995 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year said. "It's just a shame it wasn't done right in the first place. The surgery is going to help it heal quicker, but it's a shame it set me back four weeks. This should help, but I just feel like I broke my leg Sunday rather than being four or five weeks ahead of schedule.

"Before Thursday's surgery, the doctors told me my leg wasn't healing like it should. Nothing had started healing. I just hope and pray now everything starts healing. I go back Tuesday for a checkup and, in another week or two, I hope they put me in some kind of therapy."

Hannagan suffered the season-ending injuries 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 early in the third lap, Hannagan hit Dollansky and both cars flipped.

Surgeons who inserted 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.

"The Hurricane" has spent much of his recovery time contacting his sponsors and part suppliers so he can be ready to race when the 2002 season starts.

"Everybody's still on go for next year," Hannagan said. "I've been calling all my product sponsors and all the people I work with. I deal with them on a daily basis. Everything is good; I just have to get better so I can get back in the car.

"It's a shame things happened the way they did, but things like this happen for a reason. I just can't figure out the reason why. I'd like nothing more than to get back in a race car now, but I have to get back into good physical shape.

"Before I went in for my surgery Thursday, I felt like I was 70% of normal except for my leg. I felt like I could stay up and walk around on crutches and not have it bother me. Now, after the surgery, I feel like I've been knocked down to the bottom floor. It takes a lot out of me to get up. The pain is excruciating. I guess when it's hurting, it's healing."

Hannagan plans to attend the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway November 2-3 and the awards banquet at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino November 4th.

Hannagan ranks 16th in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. He qualified for 50 of the series' first 52 main events, driving brother 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.

Fans who would like to encourage Hannagan can email him at maxumone@aol.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Craig Dollansky , Randy Hannagan