U.S. F2000 DRIVERS BRINKMANN, OBERTO RELEASED FROM ATLANTA HOSPITAL ATLANTA, Ga. (July 18, 1999)-Arnold Brinkmann, of Quito, Ecuador, and Larry Oberto, of Seattle, Wash., were released from the Atlanta Medical Center after being treated...
U.S. F2000 DRIVERS BRINKMANN, OBERTO RELEASED FROM ATLANTA HOSPITAL
ATLANTA, Ga. (July 18, 1999)-Arnold Brinkmann, of Quito, Ecuador, and Larry Oberto, of Seattle, Wash., were released from the Atlanta Medical Center after being treated following Saturday's Nortel Networks Dash U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Oberto, who suffered a broken left wrist in a six-car incident which prematurely ended the 34-lap contest on lap 19, was released late Saturday night. The driver of the No. 66 Oberto Beef Jerky/Lowrey's Big Beef/TeamCellular.com Van Diemen Ford will return to Seattle early this week to meet with his personal physician before returning to Atlanta, as a spectator, for this weekend's double-race weekend at Road Atlanta. Team Owner Mike Johnson said Oberto hoped to be back in a race car by the August 14 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Brinkmann, driver of the No. 35 Fruit Ecuador Van Diemen Ford, was held overnight for observation, but released early Sunday afternoon with no serious injuries. It is not known when Brinkmann will make his return to the series.
The incident began when Jonathan Bottoms (No. 3 Roppe Corp./Team Great Northern Van Diemen Ford) and Brinkmann made contact on the front straight of lap 18. Brinkmann's car slid into Larry Foyt's No. 14 Terre Haute First National Bank Tatuus Ford, which snapped sideways and flipped once across the track before slamming the outside wall and bursting into a flash fire. Oberto, Michael Curtiss (No. 45 Van Diemen Ford) and Tom Wood (No. 99 Plains Energy/Round-Up Resource Service Tatuus Ford) were subsequently involved in the incident, each making contact with the wall.
Foyt, Curtiss and Wood were treated at the track medical facility and released. Bottoms continued on to finish seventh. Bottoms' teammate, Steve Rikert, went on to win the race-the first of his career.
"We're glad to hear that all drivers involved are okay," said Dan Andersen, series co-owner. "It was a spectacular accident, but the cars did their job in protecting each driver from serious injury."