Regular Pepsi Max Crew driver Greg Murphy is recovering at home after undergoing surgery at the beginning of the week to repair damage to a vertebrae in his back.
Murphy, who is known for his fiery on-track demeanor and larger-than-life off-track personality was understandably flat following his surgery and subsequent absence from this weekend's SKYCITY Triple Crown in Darwin. Murphy has stated that he is attempting recovery without the aide of pain killers in an attempt to speed up his recovery.
"I’m very tender and fragile and have to take it a bit easy. I will do whatever I can to speed up my recovery and get back to the track."
I appreciate all the fantastic support and the well wishes.
Popular Murphy has been buoyed by the outpouring of support from V8 Supercar fans and Teams along pit lane.
"I appreciate all the fantastic support and the well wishes, it means a lot. I miss being at the track, its tough to know that I’m not going to be there for a while. It goes a long way to know people are thinking about me."
A card in the form of a graffiti wall has been set up in the Pepsi Max Crew merchandise stand at Hidden Valley Raceway this weekend to give fans the chance to write a message to Murph. The card, pictured below, will be given to Murph by the Kelly Racing Team when they return from Darwin next week.
Whilst Murphy is expected to be out of his #51 Pepsi Max Crew Commodore for the next 4 rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship, he will be at the track supporting his Team as soon as he can. "If I can't race I will try and get to the track to support the Team and say thanks to the fans."
Greg Murphy’s replacement for this weekend’s racing is Kelly Racing co-driver and Dunlop Series favourite David Russell. Russell has had some experience in the #51 machine after filling in for Murph in the wake of his first round of back surgery earlier in the year.
"I hope Dave has a good weekend and can get more comfortable in the car. The main game is tough." Murphy said.
The SKYCITY Triple Crown can be seen on Channel 7 or 7Mate live on Saturday at 4pm and live on Sunday at 3:30pm.