IRL: Mo Nunn Racing/Giaffone surgery update

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, July 7, 2003) -- Mo Nunn Racing driver Felipe Giaffone, injured in a crash during Sunday's Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway, is in good condition following surgery on his right leg today at Methodist Hospital in...

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, July 7, 2003) -- Mo Nunn Racing driver Felipe Giaffone, injured in a crash during Sunday's Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway, is in good condition following surgery on his right leg today at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the IRL IndyCar Series.

Giaffone suffered a fractured right femur and pelvis during the Lap 56 accident that also involved the car of Dan Wheldon. Wheldon was unhurt in the incident.

The surgery, performed by Dr. Kevin Scheid, orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics Indianapolis, lasted approximately three hours and went exceptionally well, according to Bock. He anticipates Giaffone to remain at Methodist Hospital through the end of the week.

"The surgery went extremely well," Bock said. "Once we see how the rest of the week goes, as well as the ensuing rehabilitation period, then we can make some judgment as to how long until Felipe returns to the race car."

Brazilian native Giaffone and Wheldon collided and crashed in Turn 2 on Lap 56 while battling for position. Giaffone, who started fifth, was credited with 22nd place in the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force.

Following the incident, Giaffone was admitted to Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where he remained under observation Sunday night. He was transferred to Methodist Hospital Monday morning.

Further updates on Giaffone's condition will be provided when available.

The hospital address where Giaffone is expected to remain through the week:

Methodist Hospital
1701 North Senate Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Get-well wishes can also be directed to:

Mo Nunn Racing
2920 Fortune Circle West
Indianapolis, IN 46241

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon , Mo Nunn