Dixon Cleared To Race
July 26, 2004 | 9:23 P.M. EST
Following two separate on track incidents on Saturday, July 24th at the Milwaukee Mile, Scott Dixon did not take part in Sunday’s race on the advice of IRL medical staff physician, Dr. Henry Bock.
Dixon was unhurt in the first incident and returned to the track for the qualifying session in the no. 1T Toyota/ Panoz G Force (back up car). On pace for the pole position on his second timed lap, the Target car got a little loose between turn three and four and Dixon’s day ended with contact with the wall for a second time. He was however credited with a 14th fastest time in qualifying based on his first timed lap speed. The team prepared a third car (no.10 T car) for Dixon’s possible return for the start of the race, from the back of the grid, in the event of clearance from the medical staff to participate.
After an initial medical evaluation, Dixon was sent to Milwaukee’s Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital for a precautionary exam that determined he had sustained a left ankle sprain and X-rays taken on his right hand did reveal a small bone chip. At that time, it was recommended that Dixon not participate in the Menard’s A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Dixon returned to Indianapolis and met with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Scheid at Ortho Indy on Monday afternoon for further evaluation of his injuries. A CAT scan was performed on his ankle and closer examination has determined that he has a contusion and sprain of his left ankle but has not re-injured any old fractures. It was also revealed that Dixon’s right hand sustained a small bone chip and ligament tear at the base of his right thumb.
Dixon will be fitted for a brace on his right hand to stabilize his thumb and allow him to grip the steering wheel and drive comfortably at the next race this weekend in Michigan. He will wear the brace until next week, when he will be scheduled for a minor surgical procedure, requiring a four day recovery period, to repair the ligament and secure the small piece of bone fragment in his thumb.
“I’m really happy to know that I’ll be able to get behind the wheel this coming weekend in Michigan since both the ankle and the thumb are feeling much better,” said the reigning IndyCar series Champ Scott Dixon. “I’ll be fitted for a brace for my thumb in the next few days simply to make it more comfortable to drive but I’m sure it’ll be fine by race day. This past weekend on track was very disappointing for all of us at Target Chip Ganassi Racing. However, while it has been a rough season to date, it is a credit to this Target team to see how hard the crew has been working to get the cars ready to race, not just this past weekend but every single time out there. I just want to get back to racing as soon as possible and get back on top where we should be.”
Target Chip Ganassi Racing is preparing to head to Jackson, Michigan for this weekend’s Michigan Indy 400, the tenth race of the 16-race IndyCar season.