Scott Speed suffered a broken back during a qualifying heat at the Nitro World Games in Utah Friday. Speed was injured after a hard landing; he was able to finish the final few feet of heat. Reports indicated that he carried too much speed into a jump, missed the dirt landing area and ended up landing on the tarmac.
He was able to climb from his car after it was over, but complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital.
Saturday morning on social media Speed confirmed his injuries.
“CT scan confirmed a destroyed t6 then was taken to a spine specialist at University of Utah,” Speed wrote on Facebook. “Finally got an MRI done around 3 am… We found I have 3 fractured vertebrae. Waiting now for the surgeons to give us the game plan. Last night was easily the scariest and most painful time I can remember. Was in a pretty dark place.
“But I want to thank so much everyone, who came and spent time with me. No way I could hav made it thru alone. @peterbminnig will forever have a place in my heart for all that he did and luckily the best cousin in the world @jekka_arellano lives here to play mama bear for me.. so excited to see Amanda and dad here soon. Thanks for all the kind text messages.”
“Just a speed bump (no pun intended). Hang in there buddy. Let me know if there is anything questions I can help answer! We are T6 fracture buddies!!
Speed is a former F1 and NASCAR competitor has been racing in rallycross in the past few seasons. He currently leads the standings in the Americas Rallycross (ARX) series.
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