Hendrick employee Preston Peltier ends weekend at Road America with head injuries sustained when the 24 year old backed his kart into a wall Sunday June 16. Elkhart Lake, WI - 24 year old shifter kart pilot Preston Peltier was transported by ...
Hendrick employee Preston Peltier ends weekend at Road America with head injuries sustained when the 24 year old backed his kart into a wall Sunday June 16.
Elkhart Lake, WI - 24 year old shifter kart pilot Preston Peltier was transported by ambulance to the St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan WI, after making contact with the wall entering turn five. Spectators watching the race in turn five told us that Peltiers teammate and race leader Corey Clayton started to lose control of his kart entering the corner. Peltier who was running second jumped on his brakes and swerved to miss the out of control Clayton, when he too lost control of his kart spinning once and backing hard into the inside wall of turn five with only two laps to go. Witnesses say, somehow Peltier miraculously kept his kart running and tried to take off again, then slumped over in his kart.
The emergency medical technician that pulled Peltier from his kart said that there was some damage to the back of his kart, and a 2 inch diameter mark directly on the back of his helmet where his head hit the wall. Peltier was unconscious for nearly ten minutes while in transport to the hospital where he was treated with fluids and stayed over night for observation. He was diagnosed with a concussion then released from the Hospital, and is expected to make a 100% recovery.
The Badger Kart Club played host to the Super Nationals at the famed Road America with well over 100 shifter kart entries. This was to be a major coup for the CKT race team. Unfortunately, Peltier had bad luck all weekend going through four engines with a mysterious problem that is still unknown. Before Saturdays race they had gone through three of the four engines. With a new top end on the engine for race one Peltier started in the fourth position and quickly made his way to second. As the race progressed, Peltier and Clayton swapped the lead several times and it looked as if they solved their problems with engines. Peltier stayed right in Clayton's draft for the next several laps until with two laps to go, entering Canada corner, Peltiers engine blew-up leaving Clayton to take the win.
Sunday race two was shaping up to be a great race between the two teammates as once again Peltier and Clayton moved to the front. Swapping the lead several times the two karts pulled away from the rest of the pack by 30 seconds. Two laps to go Peltier was right behind Clayton waiting to make his move, when entering turn five (one of the fastest parts of the course) Clayton started to lose control of his kart as it jumped side ways on him. Peltier had only a fraction of a second to react, he choose not to run into the back of Clayton's kart, so he swerved to miss him and lost control of his own kart. Peltier spun 180 degrees and tried to keep his kart running while trying to do a 360 and continue. His kart hooked and shot him straight into the wall at approximately 50 mph.
Peltier will be on the mend for the next two weeks before they head to round five of the World Karting Association Nationals at the New Hampshire International Speedway. He is backed by CKT Racing Engines, Azzurro Wheels, and MG Tires.