IRL: Tony Kanaan surgery update 2003-04-16

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 16, 2003 -- IRL IndyCarTM Series driver Tony Kanaan underwent surgery on his left arm April 15 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after suffering a radial fracture in an accident during the Indy Japan 300 on April...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 16, 2003 -- IRL IndyCarTM Series driver Tony Kanaan underwent surgery on his left arm April 15 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after suffering a radial fracture in an accident during the Indy Japan 300 on April 13 at Twin Ring Motegi, said Dr. Terry Trammell, who performed the surgery.

The surgery lasted more than two hours and went exceptionally well, said Trammell, orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics Indianapolis. He expects Kanaan to be released from Methodist Hospital as early as April 16, but Trammell said it could be at least three weeks before he drives a race car.

Kanaan also has a laceration and bruise to his upper posterior thigh, said Trammell.

"He is feeling better and better," said Trammell. "It is difficult for him to sit. Like any other laceration and bruise, it will be three weeks before he is feeling better."

Brazilian native Kanaan and pole sitter Scott Dixon collided and crashed in Turn 3 on Lap 178 while dueling for the lead. Kanaan, who started second, was credited with 14th place in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan