Aric Almirola to miss 8-12 weeks with broken back
It could have been a whole lot worse for Aric Almirola. Fortunately for the 33-year-old NASCAR driver, he will be out for eight to 12 weeks with a broken T5 vertebra rather than something more dramatic.
Considering the fact he isn't paralyzed, which he very well could have been, he's more than grateful for his situation.
"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 race car and risk not being able to feel anything from my belly button down for the rest of my life," he said in an interview with ESPN.
The wreck was a scary one that resonated across the NASCAR community, as even Dale Earnhardt Jr. commented on the incident in an interview Thursday.
“(Almirola) is married, has kids. He knows he needs to take care of himself,” Earnhardt Jr. said to the Concord (N.C.) Tribune. “The doctors told him how lucky he was, how easily that could have gone the other direction had he gotten spinal cord damage.”
Richard Petty Motorsports, who sponsors Almirola, has put Regan Smith in the No. 43 car for this weekend's all-star race this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.