IRL: Indy500: Scott Goodyear medical update

Indianapolis, IN (May 29, 2001) - Cheever Indy Racing driver Scott Goodyear, who suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra during the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, will remain in Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital for the next two to three ...

Indianapolis, IN (May 29, 2001) - Cheever Indy Racing driver Scott Goodyear, who suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra during the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, will remain in Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital for the next two to three days.

Goodyear, twice a runner-up at the Indy 500, was injured on lap eight of this year's event when his #52 Thermos/Grill2 Infiniti was collected by the spinning car of Sarah Fisher.

Goodyear received a back brace on Monday and took a few 'baby steps' on Tuesday. The popular Canadian will continue to be monitored by Dr. Terry Trammell and his staff at Methodist Hospital for the next few days. Goodyear hopes to return home by the end of the week. Doctors estimate that Goodyear will require 8-12 weeks to recuperate from his injury.

"Obviously I'm disappointed because this stops me from testing for the Cheever Indy Racing team and Infiniti, and I know I will miss the IROC race at Michigan next month, but this accident does not change my planning process at all," said Goodyear. "I'm hopeful that I will be cleared to drive in the IROC event at Indianapolis (in early August), and after that I'll continue testing and planning for 2002."

NOTE: While Scott appreciates the many expressions of support he is receiving from the media and the fans, his doctors have requested that he not be disturbed during his stay at Methodist.

-CIR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Scott Goodyear