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09/04/09
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Nelson Philippe and Will Power medical update  UPDATE #7 Sunday night on The SPEED Report, they will have a feature with Robin Miller and Will Power shot on Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis….The two basically walked around Will’s neighborhood and talked, so this confirms he is in pretty good shape, but his back just needs to heal.

Two cripples, Philippe and Power
09/04/09  Given the severity of Power's injuries, this report appears to be questionable.  Nelson Philippe reports that he had lunch with Will Power, "we looked like 2 dumbasses.. Both young and very fit usually, now limping around like 80 somethings."  Upon further investigation we learned Power was lapping the housing complex walking.

09/03/09 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Yesterday we had a Will Power sighting here in Indianapolis. He was seen lapping the housing area where he lives doing amazing lap times of 2.5 minutes a lap. (another Power lap record) Flying in the face of the dreaded reports going around in the press that his condition is worst than originally stated, he certainly did not show any signs of that last night.  After lapping the complex several times and posting his own personal and complex lap record. Then if that was not enough, he hosted a large party of racers who spent the night talking shop and eating Mexican food brought by none other than Robin Miller.  So the message is, Will is doing fine, in good spirits and is waiting for the call from the Captain to get back in the saddle. Regards, Deep Throat.

09/03/09 Nelson Philippe reports, "They have to put a cast on my right leg, turns out it's broken, not just a hairline fracture that would have just required a brace."

08/26/09 The following is a medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, Indy Racing League director of medical services:

Conquest Racing driver Nelson Philippe has been released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., and back at his South Florida home. On Saturday during IndyCar Series practice at Infineon Raceway Philippe suffered a concussion and an open fracture of his left foot. He underwent surgery to have the foot fracture washed out and repaired. After further examination, it was found that Philippe also suffered a hairline fracture of his right fibula and he was fitted with a brace.

Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver Gustavo Yacaman met with Dr. Trammell in Indianapolis on Tuesday and he was diagnosed with a minimally compressed fracture of the fifth thoracic vertebra. Yacaman was involved in a Lap 1 incident during Sunday's Firestone Indy Lights race when his right-front tire of Yacaman's car made contact with the left-rear of Daniel Herrington's No. 28, shooting Yacaman's car off the concrete retaining wall in Turn 11.

08/24/09 Penske Racing driver Will Power, who suffered compression fractures to two lumbar vertebrae and a concussion in a crash during practice Aug. 22 for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway, remained at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Memorial Hospital on Aug. 24. A discharge date had not been finalized. Nelson Philippe, who suffered an open fracture of the left foot, a hairline fracture of his right fibula and a concussion in the on-track incident, was to be released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital either late in the day Aug. 24 or Aug. 25. The final decision is based on the travel plans of his immediate family. IRL PR

08/24/09 Penske Racing driver Will Power continues to be treated at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., following his practice accident on Saturday at Infineon Raceway. Power, who suffered a concussion and compression fractures of his second and fourth lumbar vertebrae in the incident, is in the process of being fitted for a custom back brace. Medical personnel expect Power to remain hospitalized for a few more days prior to being transported to Indianapolis, where he will undergo further examination by IndyCar Series orthopedic specialist, Dr. Terry Trammell, to determine the next course of treatment and recovery.

Conquest Racing driver Nelson Philippe suffered a concussion and an open fracture of his left foot. He underwent surgery to have the foot fracture washed out and repaired. After further examination, it was found that Philippe also suffered a hairline fracture of his right fibula and he will be fitted with a brace. Philippe is expected to remain hospitalized at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for another night.

08/24/09 AR1.com spoke to Conquest Racing team owner Eric Bachelart after the race Sunday night and he said he saw Nelson Philippe in the hospital.  A steel plate was put in his left foot and he has a hairline fracture in his right leg that does not require any medical procedure.  The break in the left foot was caused by the brake pedal.

Bachelart told us that he also stopped in to see Will Power at the Santa Rosa hospital who was in a fair amount of pain from his broken L2 and L4 vertebra and was on medication  to help him sleep.

Both drivers were injured on Saturday at Infineon Raceway when Philippe spun and Power hit t-boned him between Turn 3a and Turn 4.

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