Tony Kanaan ...
#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard Tenneco Grand Prix of Detroit -- Saturday Final Qualifying Notes/Quotes Round 7 of 20 on the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series Saturday, June 17, 2000 -- At The Raceway on Belle Isle
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard, was injured in a single-car crash during final qualifying for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Kanaan was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a compound fracture to his left forearm this evening at Detroit Receiving Hospital and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks of competition. He also fractured four ribs on his left side and sustained a mild concussion. He is expected to be released late Sunday or early Monday.
The Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing team has withdrawn its entry from Sunday's event and has yet to determine a replacement driver beginning next weekend at Portland, Ore.
"First of all, I speak for the entire Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing organization when I say our thoughts and prayers are with Tony, and we hope for his speedy recovery. He's a very determined young man and we have every confidence he will be back at 100 percent before too long. The doctors said he was in considerable pain, but that he is in very good hands.
"Every indication, from what we have seen of the race car, is that he clipped the inside wall with his right-front wheel -- we found pieces of a banner in the wheel and that was the only indication of contact on that side of the car -- and it appears he then was thrown across the track into the outside wall. We'll have to look closely at the data before we can try and determine what might have gone wrong.
"It's very unfortunate for Tony that he'll likely be out six to eight weeks, as the doctors have indicated. We obviously have some decisions to make as to who will fill in for him, but we don't have those answers, yet."