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Da Matta making 'excellent progress'

Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta continues to make progress in his recovery from injuries suffered in a crash during testing.

The Brazilian was injured after colliding with a deer during testing at Road America nearly a month ago. He has been recovering at the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Da Matta had left the intensive care unit last week and has now continued to make progress since.

"Cristiano has made excellent progress in the past several days," Champ Car Medical Director Dr. Chris Pinderski said.

"Although he is still somewhat confused, he is now conversational in both English and Portuguese. Additionally, he has started to walk on his own for short periods of time with minimal assistance.

"We anticipate that Cristiano will be ready to make the transition to a rehabilitation setting next week."

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