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Tuesday, September 18
Mo Nunn Racing to field just one car
Reuters

ROCKINGHAM, England -- Alex Zanardi's Honda-Reynard team will run with just one car at Saturday's Rockingham 500 after the Italian's horrific crash.

"We're not going to run the 66 car this weekend," team owner Mo Nunn said in a statement issued at the English track.

Two-time CART champion Zanardi lost both legs in his high-speed crash at the Lausitzring on Saturday, and has since been in a Berlin hospital in an artificially-induced coma. Doctors say his situation is no longer life-threatening but still critical.

Doctors started the slow process of bringing Zanardi out of the coma Tuesday evening and said he is expected to remain in intensive care for the next week to 15 days.

"Alex's wife Daniela would very much like the show to go on ... especially since both Alex and Tony (Kanaan) were running so well in Germany until the accident happened," Nunn said. "She feels there is unfinished business to tend to at Rockingham.

"However, some of the guys on the team are understandably so devastated by what happened that we believe it would be difficult to fully concentrate on the task at hand. And that could pose a safety risk as we compete on another oval track this weekend.

"Last week's tragic events back home in the States were tremendously unsettling, as it was. And the accident Saturday was just a terrible thing to endure for us all. The best thing to do is send the number 66 team home early, take the proper time to get themselves together and to come back strong at Houston."

The team said Zanardi's car was expected to be back in action at Houston on Oct 4-6 with a driver yet to be determined.

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