08.03.06 Race Car Driven By
Cristiano da Matta Hits Deer During Test Session
Champ Car veteran needs
surgery after car hits deer on track staff and wire
Tucson, Arizona | Published:
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta
needed surgery to remove a ruptured blood vessel in his
head after his race car collided with a deer that
wandered onto the track during a test session at Road
America on Thursday.
Da Matta was unconscious when he was airlifted to Theda
Clark Memorial Hospital in Neenah after the crash, and
remained unconscious as of Thursday night, a Champ Car
series spokesman said.
Champ Car Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Chris
Pinderski said a CT scan at the hospital showed that da
Matta had a subdural hematoma.
"He was urgently taken to the operating room for
surgical removal of the hematoma and is now being
observed in the intensive care unit," Pinderski said.
The 32-year-old da Matta has 12 career Champ Car
victories — including four straight wins in his
championship season of 2002, tying a series record.