CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Medical Update

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 23, 2000) -- Tony Kanaan, driver of the ...

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 23, 2000) -- Tony Kanaan, driver of the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard, is resting comfortably at his home in Miami after injuries sustained in a qualifying session accident last Saturday at Detroit.

He was released Tuesday from Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he underwent surgery Saturday night to repair a broken left forearm. His injuries also included four fractured ribs on his left side and a mild concussion. Kanaan was transported from Detroit to Miami via private aircraft provided courtesy of Team Penske.

On Monday, Kanaan will travel to Indianapolis to begin his rehabilitation under the care of Dr. Terry Trammel. Kanaan also plans to attend next weekend's CART FedEx Championship Series event in Cleveland. His recovery is expected to last four to six weeks.

TONY KANAAN

"I want to say a very special thank you to Roger Penske for flying me home from Detroit in one of his aircraft. I can't say how much that means to me, especially under the circumstances. I also want to thank everyone for all the cards and letters and gifts that they have been sending my way since the accident. It always amazes me how close the racing community really is, and how everyone always seems to come together in times like these. I am very much looking forward to getting back in the race car, but I want to make sure everything heals properly. Only time will tell. Hopefully it won't take too much time. Next week, I am looking forward to seeing everybody at Cleveland. It will be strange to be at a CART race and not be driving. But that will happen soon enough. Thank you to everybody."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Roger Penske , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske