Back injury sustained Friday shelves Gommendy

Updated: July 21, 2007, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Rookie Tristan Gommendy will miss at least two races after it was discovered Saturday he injured his back in a crash during the previous day's qualifying session for the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton.

Gommendy, a 27-year-old Frenchman who drives for PKV Racing, was taken to a local hospital for precautionary X-rays after the crash late in Friday's qualifying. He was released Friday and took part in a Saturday morning practice.

But Champ Car World Series medical personnel decided to take Gommendy back to the hospital for further examination after a small compression of the vertebrae was found in another examination of the X-rays.

Mario Dominguez, a two-time race winner who drove three events earlier this year for Forsythe Championship Racing, is expected to be the replacement driver for Gommendy on Sunday and at next week's race in San Jose, Calif.

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