Local drag racer Carl Cannavo hospitalized

(Update: Thursday, Sept. 15) Carl Cannavo, a popular drag racing veteran from North Las Vegas, was hospitalized earlier this month.  He has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/detail_gbs.htm)  and was confined to the intensive care unit at Mountainview Hospital.  Carl was released from the ICU this week and was transferred yesterday to Summerlin Hospital's rehabilitation department, where he will undergo three hours of therapy each day.  

Cards may be sent to:

Carl Cannavo

5044 Frio Circle

N. Las Vegas, NV 89031

From Carl's wife, Teri: "Please thank everyone so much. You all have been so great. The e-mails, flowers , cards, calls and prayers are keeping his spirits up. Thanks so much. We definitely have some great friends/family...I can't thank all of you enough...." -- Love Teri, Carl and Lacie

The staff and management of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is asking fellow drag racers and race fans to keep Carl and his family in their thoughts and prayers.  Carl is a respected and popular member of the local drag racing community. Well wishes may be sent to his wife, Teri, at: .

Hometown hero "Hot Rod" Fuller to show support for ailing drag racer at Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals this weekend in Reading, Pa.

 LAS VEGAS -  NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver "Hot Rod" Fuller will show his support for local drag racer Carl "Pizza Man" Cannavo at this weekend's Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.

Fuller, a Las Vegas resident and driver of the David Powers Motorsports Valvoline Top Fueler, will carry get well decals on his car to show his support for Cannavo, of North Las Vegas, who recently was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome earlier this month and was confined to the intensive care unit of Mountainview Hospital.  Cannavo, a veteran drag racer, competes in the Super Quick and Super Pro categories at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and recently had completed a new dragster.  He also is a part-time employee at The Strip at LVMS.  On a recent Sunday afternoon, he was racing at 170 mph; by Monday morning, he was in the ICU.

The original decals were commissioned by fellow drag racer Greg Suyenaga.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.  Carl has been making progress and was moved from the hospital's ICU to its Progressive Care Unit (PCU) yesterday, but still faces a lengthy recovery.

The staff and management of The Strip at LVMS wish Carl a speedy and complete recovery. For more information and updates, please visit The Strip News section on the main page of www.LVMS.com.