Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Annett Out Indefinitely After Daytona Crash

After further evaluation by two different doctors in North Carolina, it has been determined that Richard Petty Motorsports driver Michael Annett suffered a fractured and dislocated sternum in a late-race NASCAR Nationwide Series crash at Daytona International Speedway Saturday.
Annett (yellow car) was hurt at Daytona
Annett will undergo immediate surgery for his injuries in Charlotte, NC, and will be sidelined from competition for an indefinite period of time while he heals from the surgery. Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola will drive the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway, as the team evaluates its options moving forward.
A statement from Richard Petty Motorsports said the team’s primary concern is the health of Annett and getting him the proper treatment he needs for a full recovery.


  1. Man, that's a real shock.

  2. Gary Thompson7:56 PM

    Thats kind of an eerie picture, seeing Annett's car hitting the wall at that angle with the 3 car in the frame.

    On another note, I didnt think it looked like a bad hit, then I look at the picture and see how much that SAFER barrier moved...........and wow. He may be sidelined noiw, but it could have been alot worse. Heres to hoping that he has a full and speedy recovery.

    1. I wouldn't call it eerie myself, but let me run this past you. The 3 went across the nose of a car as it went into the wall. Remember what color that car was?

  3. sad to hear that. Hope he has a full recovery. Maybe another chance for the Dinger to get some more seat time.

  4. Man, I hate that for Annett, as he was among the rising stars in the Nationwide Series and seemed to be on the verge of getting his first victory this season. I hope that he makes a full recovery and can get back to racing before the season is over, but this definitely is an unfortunate setback for him.

    Hopefully the drivers who fill-in for him will help improve the No. 43 car over the course of this season. I'm sure Almirola will do a fine job this weekend, and I hope that several other talented drivers get an opportunity in one of the top rides in the Nationwide Series while Annett is out.

  5. Anonymous12:09 PM

    I'd say that Richard Petty can't catch a break, but instead, I'm just gonna chalk it up to "circumstances".