Aric Almirola Racing Through Recovery

Photo by Harold Hinson/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan, Editor
SONOMA, Ca. – After being injured in a crash at Kansas Speedway last month, Aric Almirola was on-hand pre-race at Sonoma Raceway and said he is awaiting doctor’s orders on when he can get back behind the wheel of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford but that directive could come in as little as two weeks.

My status is good, everyday normal activity feels good,” Almirola said. “It feels normal. Now, I just have to wait for the bone to heal up.”

Almirola suffered an compression fracture to his thoracic vertebrae (T5) after getting into oil and slamming into front of Joey Logano’s car, which had been involved in a crash with Danica Patrick. He was airlifted from the track to a local hospital and later went back to North Carolina, where he met with doctors there, who projected he would be out of the car eight to 12 weeks. That was six weeks ago.

Almirola said he wasn’t sure when he would be back but his next doctor’s appointment is next week and he is projecting somewhere between two and five weeks before he is racing again. He said he is feeling fine and everything depends on the next CT scan.

“I go for another CT scan next week, so I am looking forward to getting good news there,” he added. “At that point we will just have to start going through the process of trying to get me back in the racecar.

“I honestly don’t know but if I had to guess two to five (weeks) I really have to wait and see what the results show from the CT scan.”

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