CHAMPCAR/CART: Gil de Ferran Test; Naoki Hattori Update

Gil de Ferran Test - Sebring ...

Gil de Ferran Test - Sebring # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

The test at Sebring International Raceway saw the continuation of the Goodyear testing program with Walker Racing. The team with driver Gil de Ferran completed 244 miles and evaluated several combinations of tires. The track having just been made available from the 12 Hours of Sebring race was heavily rubbered and with the temperature of the day provided excellent testing conditions.

Derrick Walker - Team Owner: "It was a real effort on the team's part having come through a fairly tough weekend at Homestead and Gill de Ferran still not one hundred percent fit from his qualifying accident managed to get through all of the tires available. We were very pleased with the tires that we tested, several sets showing some real promise. All of the hard work that Goodyear has put into the program over the wintertime seems to be taking shape."

Gil de Ferran - "My ribs are still a little sore from the accident in Homestead, although it's getting better daily. We were able to do a lot of work for Goodyear with some very positive results. It seems that their hard work is starting to bear fruit."

Next Test: Nazareth March 29th & 30th 1999.

Naoki Hattori arrived in Indianapolis # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR

Dr. Terry Trammell, M.D. - Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief Orthopedic Consultant for the CART FedEx Championship Series

" Naoki Hattori arrived Indianapolis yesterday afternoon and was evaluated in my office. The fractures of his left tibia and fibula had been expertly stabilized with an Ilizarov external fixator. This is the treatment that Dr. James J. Hutson and I had discussed and agreed upon when I saw Naoki with Dr. Hudson in the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on the afternoon of his accident."

" Naoki is doing very well at this time. The swelling in his leg is resolving and he is regaining the movement in his toes and ankle. He will begin his recovery at home (here in Indianapolis) with care of his external fixator pins, and some self directed light exercise. It is our intention to start a formal program of rehabilitation and therapies on Monday 4/5/99. He is not yet able to bear weight on his left leg, but will begin some light weight bearing when he starts therapy. He may not be able to return to the Champ Car Circuit for up to six months."

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