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Aric Almirola Out 8 To 12 Weeks
Artistic Rendering Of Aric Almirola Out 8 To 12 Weeks
Aric Almirola said, “First off, I want to thank the track safety and medical team, all of the doctors and nurses at The University of Kansas Hospital for taking exceptional care of me, My family, friends and people in the NASCAR community who reached out to me, I truly appreciate your support, and, to all the fans for their prayers and support.”

“I want to thank my run team, everyone at RPM, and our great partners who have been supportive of me over the last five years and have continued to show support during this up and down time. I want to thank our doctors in Charlotte, Dr. Petty, Dr. Coric and Bill Heisel. They will be the team that leads my roadmap to my recovery. I will be meeting with them throughout the healing process, and it will be up to them to give me clearance to get back in the racecar.”

Dr. Heisel said, “The bone is, for lack of a better term, crunched and it’s something that 1st and foremost we’ve got to get some of the edema or some of the blood out of the bone and that was something that was a time phenomenon as much as anything, And then we have a lot of work to do from a physical therapy standpoint. That days that Aric was not available to move around because of the pain and because of the guarding are days that he’s not using those muscles fully and we’re going to have to rehabilitate those. So there’s definitively some physical therapy to come.  We want to deal with the acute pain phase 1st and foremost.”

Almirola also said, “My car wouldn’t slow down, it wouldn’t steer,” he said. “It felt like I was on railroad tracks and I was headed straight for the wreck. I feel like an idiot even being involved in the wreck. But there was honestly nothing I could do. It was like it was on ice. The incentive to make sure that I can run around in my front yard with my kids was enough for me to not rush back, I'm going to listen to the doctors. I'm young. I've got a lot of life ahead of me, and I've got a 4-year-old and 3-year-old at home -- I'm not going to do anything to rush myself back in a run car and risk not being able to feel anything from my belly button down for the rest of my life.”

Regan Smith will drive the No. 43 Ford this weekend in the Monster Energy All-Star Run but no decision has been made abut the future while Almirola was out.

Almirola said about the photographers, “I’m pretty pissed off about it, to be honest with you, I think that was extremely unprofessional. They had no idea was what wrong with me. They didn’t know if I was paralyzed or anything. They were literally three feet away with their shutters running wide open the entire time. I was obviously in a very vulnerable situation, and I’m disappointed, to say the least. They didn’t know if my legs were going to be attached, they didn’t know any of that.”

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