CHAMPCAR/CART: E. Fittipaldi up date 97-09-13

FITTIPALDI RECOVERY EXPECTED ------------------------------------------------- Staff Report ------------------------------------------------- MIAMI, Fla. (MSPS) - Former Championship Auto Racing Teams, Formula One and Indianapolis 500 champion...

FITTIPALDI RECOVERY EXPECTED

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MIAMI, Fla. (MSPS) - Former Championship Auto Racing Teams, Formula One and Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi is expected to recover completely from the injuries he sustained last weekend when his ultralight aircraft crashed in swampland near his home in Araraquara, Brazil.

Fittipaldi, 50, had surgery earlier this week at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami to replace his second lumbar vertabra, which was shattered in the crash. He complained of partial paralysis in his left leg following the crash, but the surgery remedied that.

Whether or not he will return to his driving duties on the CART circuit depends on his recovery from injuries he suffered when he crashed hard into the wall at Michigan Speedway in 1996. He still experiences weakness in his right hand from that crash which broke his neck. Doctor's do not expect him to be able to return to Indy-style car competition as a result.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Emerson Fittipaldi