Ranger Cleared After Crash

Andrew Ranger has been cleared to take part in the remainder of the Montreal Champ Car meeting after emerging unscathed from a nasty crash in provisional qualifying on Friday afternoon

Ranger Cleared After Crash

The Canadian lost control of his Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Lola in the Turn Six/Seven chicane 24 minutes into the 35-minute session and slammed into the outside wall.

The impact left Ranger momentarily stunned and there were a few anxious moments in the pit lane as he briefly sat motionless in the car.

But he was soon conversing with the safety team and after being taken by ambulance to Champ Car's on-site medical unit he was released and cleared to drive on Saturday.

"It was a hard crash, but I feel fine," he said later. "Physically I am OK. The Mi-Jack car was very, very fast today. I was P7 and four-tenths [of a second] up on my best lap and tried to push a little too much.

"I slid on the cement patch and the car snapped to the left and into the wall. It was my mistake. I just pushed too hard and lost the rear end of the car."

Ranger, an 18-year-old rookie from nearby Roxton Pond, Quebec, is under intense scrutiny this weekend from a local and national media corps that regards him as Canada's best international prospect since Jacques Villeneuve.

He has had some promising outings this year - notably a well-judged second place finish in just his second Champ Car start in Monterrey, Mexico - but a string of mishaps has taken the shine off his season in recent races, and he has slipped to third place in the Rookie of the Year standings.

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