CHAMPCAR/CART: Carpentier has surgery

Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10, 2001 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier, who sustained a slight fracture of his left wrist at the Grand Prix of Long Beach last Sunday, underwent surgery today in Indianapolis under the supervision of Dr....

Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10, 2001 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier, who sustained a slight fracture of his left wrist at the Grand Prix of Long Beach last Sunday, underwent surgery today in Indianapolis under the supervision of Dr. Terry Trammell, Chief Orthopedic Surgeon for the CART series.

After an extensive study of the x-rays that were taken following the accident involving Carpentier and Max Papis on lap 54 of the race, Dr. Trammell decided to insert a screw to reattach the bone fragment that was chipped on impact. This procedure usually accelerates the healing process.

"This fracture is nothing like the one I had last year, because unlike that fracture I don't have any problem moving my fingers and there is practically no swelling," remarked Carpentier, who flew to Indianapolis on Monday morning from his Las Vegas home. "Besides, it's not a bone that I would be putting a lot of stress on when I drive. I only hope the operation is a success and I can get back behind the wheel for the next race."

A decision on Carpentier's return to action will be made in the next few days, once Dr. Trammell determines whether the bone is solid enough to withstand the rigors of high-speed driving.

The next race in the CART series will be run on April 29 on the 1.5-mile oval at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

-Team Player's

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis