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Da Matta out of intensive care

Cristiano da Matta is now out of intensive care as he continues his recovery from his testing crash earlier this month.

The Brazilian has been transferred to an intermediate care unit at the Theda Clark Medical Centre, however he is not completely conscious, responsive or able to speak yet.

Champ Car medical director Dr Chris Pinderski has been in constant contact with the medical staff to monitor the condition of da Matta.

"Cristiano is still making daily progress while recovering from injury two weeks ago," said Pinderski. "We will now begin the process of planning for longer term rehabilitation which is necessary after significant head injuries."

Da Matta's teammate, Justin Wilson traveled to Neenah yesterday with RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale, to visit da Matta and his family.

"Justin and I are both very happy to see the improvement in Cristiano's condition," said Dale. "The staff here at Theda Clark have told us that he is making remarkable progress, and that is encouraging to us."

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