CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez heads to Indianapolis for treatment

INDIANAPOLIS (July 29, 2002) - Fernandez Racing owner/driver Adrian Fernandez is expected to arrive in Indianapolis Monday evening and will begin treatment on Tuesday for injuries he sustained in an accident on Lap 92 of Sunday's Molson Indy ...

INDIANAPOLIS (July 29, 2002) - Fernandez Racing owner/driver Adrian Fernandez is expected to arrive in Indianapolis Monday evening and will begin treatment on Tuesday for injuries he sustained in an accident on Lap 92 of Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver.

According to Dr. Terry Trammell, CART Chief Orthopedic Consultant, Fernandez sustained a severe bruise to his right buttock and an insignificant hairline fracture of his left pelvis in the three-car accident with the cars of Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, and Bruno Junqueira. Fernandez is expected to begin rehabilitation and therapy on Tuesday with Trammell.

Fernandez spent Sunday evening at Vancouver General Hospital, where he underwent an ultrasound that was negative and a CT scan late Sunday evening. He was released Monday morning.

"Obviously I am in a lot of pain in my hip and lower back," Fernandez said. "The impact of the crash penetrated the chassis. Having that Kevlar seat saved me. I was compressed inside the cockpit. It was hard to breathe and extremely painful. With the impact to the side of the car, my left hip got compressed.

"I went through a lot of tests at the hospital. My internal organs are fine. I am very sore and my neck is sore as well. I am going to Indianapolis to start therapy. Dr. Trammell will evaluate my progress at the end of the week and will make a decision as to when I will be able to drive."

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani