Milwaukee: Russo involved in practice incident

Russo involved in practice incident in Milwaukee; injuries appear to be minor. West Allis, Wis. (June 1, 2002) -- CART Toyota Atlantic driver, Carl Russo (Performance Development Racing Swift 014.a), was injured this morning in a practice ...

Russo involved in practice incident in Milwaukee; injuries appear to be minor.

West Allis, Wis. (June 1, 2002) -- CART Toyota Atlantic driver, Carl Russo (Performance Development Racing Swift 014.a), was injured this morning in a practice accident in preparations for Sunday's 70-lap Atlantic race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Russo. 45, made hard contact in turn 4 in the final moments of Saturday morning's 45-minute practice session and slid along the wall down the front straight. The CART Simple Green Safety Team arrived on the scene immediately to assist Russo who's badly damaged Swift came to rest near the start/finish line. Initially, Russo complained of pain in his lower back as he was being taken to CART's on-site medical center.

"Carl is perfectly awake and alert," said Steve Olvey, Director of Medical Affairs for Championship Auto Racing Teams. "We don't think he has had any injuries, but he does have some mild pain in his lower back so we are going to send him in for a precautionary X-Ray for that, but it looks like everything is OK."

Russo was transported to Froedert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for further observation.

The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship will be back on the track at 12:00 p.m. to qualify for Round 3 of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at the Milwaukee Mile.

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