Hannagan medical update 2001-09-25

Doctors to Operate on Hannagan Thursday SAN JOSE, CA (September 24) -- Doctors will operate on Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver Randy Hannagan's broken right leg again Thursday in hopes of speeding his recovery period along. Doctors ...

Doctors to Operate on Hannagan Thursday

SAN JOSE, CA (September 24) -- Doctors will operate on Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver Randy Hannagan's broken right leg again Thursday in hopes of speeding his recovery period along.

Doctors installed two titanium rods to support Hannagan's broken tibia and fibula bones September 3rd.

"They're going back in to take bone fragments out of my leg," Hannagan said from his home Monday. "They're going to pin my knee and my ankle to the rods. They're also going to take a look at the bones to see if and when they can graft them."

Hannagan suffered the season-ending injuries early in the Harvest Classic championship feature at Calistoga Speedway September 2nd. Within a split-second after Stevie Smith and Craig Dollansky collided in turn one early in the third lap, Hannagan hit Dollansky and both cars flipped.

"When you think you've taken a step forward, you take two back," the 1995 Rookie of the Year said sadly. "After Thursday night when they perform the surgery, I'll know a little bit more. It could help it heal quicker and it might set me back. It's just going to take time once they pin it because of the open fracture where the bone fragments were and where the rods connect to my leg. I have to wait for that bone to heal around the rod. They 're looking at three-to-six months.

"Hopefully, it'll be about January or so when I can get back to racing, put my cars back together and make the opening race next year. They'll have to make titanium rods legal so I can race," he said jokingly.

Hannagan ranks 16th in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. "The Hurricane" qualified for 50 of the series' first 52 main events, driving brother Terry Hannagan Racing's #1X K&C Drywall Eagle into the top 10 20 times, including five in the top five. He won the first "A" Feature of his career March 24th at I-55 Raceway.

Fans who would like to encourage Hannagan can email him at maxumone@aol.com. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Craig Dollansky , Randy Hannagan