A frightening 3-car crash at Kansas Speedway Saturday left NASCAR driver Aric Almirola with a compression fracture in his back.
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The accident happened when an issue with Joey Logano’s car caused him to veer into Danica Patrick’s car, sending both cars into the wall. Almirola, unable to avoid a collision, slammed into Logano causing his car to be momentarily airborne.
Almirola was airlifted to a local hospital where he remained overnight. According to a statement from Richard Petty Motorsports, the driver was released and flew home to Moorseville, North Carolina, on Sunday. It is unclear at this time how long Almirola will be sidelined.
Sam Rodriguez, Almirola’s grandfather, spoke to a media outlet on Sunday where he gave an update on his grandson’s health.
“The news today was good news. He’s home. He’s walking,” Rodriguez said. “He’ll be going to the doctor tomorrow to get more diagnosed on exactly what procedures have to happen from here. We really don’t know anything at this point other than that he has a T5 fracture.”
Rodriguez also recalled the frightening moments after the crash when the family was unsure of how Almirola was.
“He yelled on the radio about his back,” Rodriguez said. “We were just tense. Obviously very nervous at the point when they helicoptered him out, because we don’t have any information other than what’s coming through the television which is just limited information.”
Other than being extremely tired, Rodriguez reports that his grandson is doing well. More information on the driver’s recovery time will be coming in the next few days.