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Scott Speed breaks back in Nitro Rallycross heat race

Nitro Rallycross

17 Aug 2019

Credit: Matt Stryker/Subaru Motorsports USA

Scott Speed will miss the remainder of the Nitro Rallycross event at the Nitro World Games in Utah after fracturing his back during the first round of heat races yesterday.

On the final lap of his opening heat race with Cabot Bigham, the Americas Rallycross points leader ran wide and carried too much speed on the approach to the final jump on the course at the Utah Motorsports Campus. As a result he landed on the flat tarmac part of the track after the jump.

While Speed was able to continue the couple of hundred metres to the chequered flag, he immediately got out of the car at the end of the race complaining of back pain.

Speed’s Subaru Motorsports USA team initially released a statement confirming that the four-time US rallycross champion had been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Now on his Facebook page, Speed has confirmed the extent of his injuries, revealing that he fractured three vertebrae.

“After landing hard in Q1 I broke my back. [I] was rushed to the local hospital for checks,” Speed said. “[A] CT scan confirmed a destroyed T6, then [I] was taken to a spine specialist at University of Utah.”

“[I] finally got an MRI done around 3am. We found I have three fractured vertebrae. Waiting now for the surgeons to give us the game plan.”

Speed moved to Subaru this season after winning three titles in four years for Volkswagen Andretti. He has one once already this year in Mid-Ohio and currently leads the ARX standings by five points over former team mate Tanner Foust.

Speed’s team mates Patrik Sandell and Travis Pastrana currently sit first and third overnight, with Sandell already locking his place in the event final after hi strong performance on Friday.

Chris Atkinson in the fourth Subaru entry also had his own fair share of bad luck in the first round of heats with his Subaru developing engine issues.

Credit: Matt Stryker/Subaru Motorsports USA