CHAMPCAR/CART: Alex Tagliani released from hospital

TAGLIANI GIVEN ALL CLEAR Team Australia's Alex Tagliani has been released from Herman Hospital in Houston this morning after a late-race accident yesterday and believes he will be fit enough for this weekend's third round of the Champ Car World...

TAGLIANI GIVEN ALL CLEAR

Team Australia's Alex Tagliani has been released from Herman Hospital in Houston this morning after a late-race accident yesterday and believes he will be fit enough for this weekend's third round of the Champ Car World Series in Monterrey Mexico.

Tagliani was taken to hospital for overnight observation after hitting a wall at turn three during last night's Houston Grand Prix.

The talented Canadian suffered back pains due to the accident and he underwent x-rays, MRI and CT Scans of sections of his back.

Despite being given the "all clear", Tagliani will travel to Indianapolis for further precautionary checks with Champ Car's leading orthopedic consultant, Dr Terry Trammell today.

Tagliani was on target for another strong result in his Aussie Vineyards Lola when his throttle stuck open heading into turn three.

Only a few turns before that he realized he only had use of front brakes.

On being released this morning, Tagliani went straight to the track where his Team Australia crew was re-building his car before it was to be trucked down to Mexico for this weekend's third round at Monterrey.

"I obviously feel a little stiff after the accident, but I feel much better than yesterday," said Tagliani.

"As every hour goes by I feel stronger and stronger and more flexible.

"I will head to Indianapolis to see doctor Trammell, but at this stage I feel like I will have no problems racing in Monterrey this weekend.

"The throttle stuck open and having front brakes just made everything worse. By the time I got to the switch to cut the engine I was in the wall.

"It was obviously disappointing because we were on track for a good points haul. We will just have to make sure we get them back in Monterrey."

There will be an opening practice session in Monterrey on Friday.

-www.teamaustraliamotorsport.com

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