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Apr 2, 2001

Injured Landers Will Be Replaced On Shogun Team

Shogun Motorsports Owner Brooks Gremmels said April 2 that injured rider Ryan Landers will be replaced on the Shogun Motorsports team, adding that Landers will have some role in the team's operations as long as he wishes to.<BR><BR>But as far as Landers' riding career goes, Gremmels said, "It's over. That part is over. It has to stop."<BR><BR>Landers was injured during a CMRA/CCS Regional at Motor Sports Ranch in Cresson, Texas on Sunday, April 1.<BR><BR>Prior to talking to Roadracing World, Gremmels placed a post on the CMRA message board (www.cmraracing.com) that read "Yesterday, following his win in the Shogun Shootout, Ryan Landers was injured while racing in the Unlimited SuperSport race. Ryan fell and was struck in the head by another rider in an unavoidable accident. Ryan was transported to Harris Hospital in Ft. Worth. He was diagnosed as having a severe concussion.<BR><BR>"Ryan is nationally known for his riding talents but his reputation for having a heart bigger than Texas, is even greater. If it was left up to Ryan, he would be on the grid for his next scheduled race at Willow Springs on April 20. Instead, his parents, Johnny and Patti Landers, his team manager, Chuck Giachetto and his sponsors have joined in asking Ryan to retire from road racing. Ryan is a bright young man with a wonderful future ahead of him on whatever path he chooses. Those of us who have had the good fortune to be involved with Ryan want to thank his CMRA family for their support throughout his career.<BR><BR>"Should you wish, Ryan can be contacted by email at flyinryan44@hotmail.com."<BR><BR>Gremmels said that Landers lost the front end while passing a slower rider on the inside of a sweeping corner, crashed and slid in front of the other rider, who ran over Landers' head. Landers was released from the hospital Sunday night after a CAT scan but was still suffering the effects of his seventh concussion.<BR><BR>Observers on site thought that Landers, who initially was not moving and not breathing, had died in the incident. He started breathing again and was transported to the hospital.<BR><BR>Landers has had a star-crossed career marked by bad luck and serious injuries, including severe damage to one elbow and arm.<BR>