Minassian OK After Indy Wreck
April 13, 2001 | 1:00 P.M. EST
The CART driver passed his rookie orientation at IMS on Friday, but he later crashed on the front stretch of the 2.5-mile oval.
Minassian, who will drive the No. 44 at Indianapolis, was taken to Methodist Hospital complaining of a sore neck and wrist. He was later released with a sprained neck. He will have to be medically cleared if he wants to take part in Saturday's final day of rookie testing.
Minassian was one of nine drivers taking part in the two-day rookie orientation program at Indy. The others are Jon Herb, Cory Witherill, Felipe Giaffone, Brandon Erwin, Didier Andre, Bruno Junqueira, Shigeaki Hattori and Helio Castroneves.
As of 3:15 p.m. ET, Giaffone, Erwin, Minassian, Junqueira and Hattori had passed their rookie tests. Penske Racing driver Castroneves is not required to pass the test because he has competed in 500-mile events in CART.
The rookie test wraps up Saturday with a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. session.