CHAMPCAR/CART: Adrian Fernandez medical update

Adrián Fernández, driver of the ...

Adrián Fernández, driver of the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone, was involved in a multi-car crash on Lap 92 of yesterday's 100-lap Molson Indy Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, while running in seventh position. As a precautionary measure due to pain in his right hip, Fernández was taken to Vancouver General Hospital where he underwent an ultrasound that was negative and a CT scan late Sunday evening.

He was released from the hospital this morning, and is currently on his way to Indianapolis.

Statement from Dr. Terry Trammell, CART Chief Orthopedic Consultant:

"Adrián has a very severe bruise on his right buttock and an insignificant hairline fracture of the left pelvis. We are immediately starting therapy and rehabilitation beginning tomorrow in Indianapolis."

Statement from Adrián Fernández:

"Obviously I am in a lot of pain in my hip and lower back. The impact of the crash penetrated the chassis. Having that Kevlar seat saved me. I was compressed inside the cockpit. It was hard to breathe and extremely painful. With the impact to the side of the car, my left hip got compressed.

"On the accident, Patrick Carpentier spun and [Alex] Tagliani locked up. I hit him from behind. The track was blocked and my car went far right. I only remember Bruno [Junqueira] hitting me at tremendous speed, and a lot of pain. It was just one of those things.

"I went through a lot of tests at the hospital. My internal organs are fine. I am very sore and my neck is sore as well. I am going to Indianapolis to start therapy. Dr. Trammell will evaluate my progress at the end of the week and will make a decision as to when I will be able to drive."

The next race on the CART FedEx Championship Series schedule will be held August 11 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier