TRISAN GOMMENDY CLEARED TO COMPETE IN SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX SAN JOSE, CA -- Champ Car Director of Medical Affairs Chris Pinderski, in consultation with Dr. Terry Trammell, has cleared PKV Racing driver Tristan Gommendy to drive the ...
TRISAN GOMMENDY CLEARED TO COMPETE IN SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX
SAN JOSE, CA -- Champ Car Director of Medical Affairs Chris Pinderski, in consultation with Dr. Terry Trammell, has cleared PKV Racing driver Tristan Gommendy to drive the #22 Pay By Touch MegaSpirea PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone car at this weekend's San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway on the streets of downtown San Jose, California.
Gommendy, who crashed during last Friday's qualifying for the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton, was held out of the race after an MRI revealed edema of two thoracic vertebrae. Gommendy was examined by Dr. Trammell on Tuesday of this week.
"Tristan has compression fractures without deformity of the 11th and 12th thoracic vertebrae. The fractures are minor and they are stable. Because of the way the seat of a Champ Car fits he is able to drive. In fact, the seat belts and seat act as a brace. The only limitation on Tristan's ability to drive will be the degree of pain, if any, he experiences," Dr. Trammell said.
Gommendy, a Champ Car rookie, is currently 13th in the standings. The talented and personable 27-year-old native of Paris, France has finished in the top-10 twice in the first seven races this year scoring a season high fifth in his Champ Car debut in Las Vegas and placing seventh in Portland. Gommendy, who captured just the second pole in PKV Racing history and first on a road course at Mont-Tremblant, has also finished 11th at Long Beach, 12th at Mont-Tremblant, where an electrical problem nullified the pole, 13th at Houston and Cleveland and 15th at Toronto. At both Long Beach and Houston, Gommendy engaged in spirited battles for the lead with three-time Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais before making late race stops for fuel. Gommendy has qualified in the top-10 four times in seven attempts this year with the one pole (made him just the third Champ Car rookie to capture a pole since 2001). In addition, he has qualified fifth in Portland, eighth in Houston and ninth in Long Beach (11th in Las Vegas, 12th at Cleveland and 14th in Toronto). Gommendy, a veteran of European open wheel racing, won the 2002 Formula 3 France championship and the prestigious Formula 3 Macau GP race also in 2002.