Monday, December 11, 2006

Jimmie Falls Down, Goes Boom

Recently crowned NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson suffered a broken left wrist Friday in a golf cart accident during a charity golf tournament in Florida. The injury has forced Johnson to withdraw from the annual Race of Champions Nations Cup in Paris this weekend, but Johnson says he will attend the event anyway, to consult with Team USA.

In his words, "I was in a golf cart, and the driver took a sharp turn. I wasn't holding on tight enough, landed awkwardly on the ground and heard a little pop.”

At least one published report today says that Johnson was lying on the roof of the golf cart when the incident occurred, but neither Johnson nor Hendrick Motorsports has commented on the story. He is wearing a cast today, and doctors estimate his recovery at four to six weeks. Johnson’s replacement on the Team USA roster has not yet been announced, but sources say Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr. has been contacted about the position.

This is the second consecutive year that NASCAR's reigning champion has been injured during the offseason. Tony Stewart inured his wrist and ribs last January in a qualifying crash at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:51 PM

    It would seem to me that a person in his position would act with a little more sense than to do something stupid like that. I just can't understand why he would take a risk like that.

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  2. Anonymous5:01 PM

    In regards to your anonymous post. Have you ever wanted a chance to just cut loose and have some FUN? After 10 months of having to tow the corporate line and be prim and proper, he let his hair down. He did not try to blame anyone else for his injury. By the way, I am NOT a Jimmy Johnson fan.
    Signed
    Bristolracefan

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  3. Anonymous11:49 PM

    There's nothing wrong with cutting loose and having some fun, but I don't think there are many people who would agree that riding on the roof of a golf cart is one of them. Would we say he was cutting loose if he was riding on the roof of a slow moving car? What if he landed on his head? He could have destroyed his career from a little "cutting loose."

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  4. Anonymous1:19 PM

    pcould have destroyed his career .So whats your point .Just leaves a seat open for another driver to have the best,trust me that seat would fill in a heart beat .

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  5. bigdaddy1956@earthlink.net11:07 AM

    so jimmy had some fun. he was blowing off steam just like a normal person should after stressful season.

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