CHAMPCAR/CART: Carpentier update

Montreal, Quebec, April 12, 2001 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier, who is back from Indianapolis following the operation on his left wrist performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Trammell last Tuesday, fully expects to compete in the...

Montreal, Quebec, April 12, 2001 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier, who is back from Indianapolis following the operation on his left wrist performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Trammell last Tuesday, fully expects to compete in the next race in the CART series, although he is still awaiting medical clearance.

"The surgery, which lasted two hours and a quarter, was a complete success, but with nine new screws and two metal plates in my wrist, it seems like I'm coming back from the hardware store instead of the clinic," explained Carpentier with his customary wit. "Even though Dr. Trammell didn't want to confirm right away that I would be able to race in Texas, he told me that he would be very surprised if I had to miss the race."

In an effort to speed up the healing process, the Canadian driver will undergo treatments in a hyperbaric chamber over the next few days. Carpentier will test his wrist driving his kart in Las Vegas during the week prior to the April 29 race in Texas. He will then be re-examined by Dr. Trammell.

"I'm still lucky in my misfortune because it's not a fracture that takes a long time to heal," explained Carpentier, whose car came into contact with that of Max Papis on the 54th lap of last Sunday's race in Long Beach. "I don't want to come back too soon but, ironically, my wrist is definitely more solid now than it was before the accident. That's why I don't foresee any problem."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier