Justin Fontaine, involved in a late-race wreck in Saturday’s ARCA Series season opener at Daytona, suffered a fractured vertebra as a result of the incident, team officials confirmed.
A four-car incident on Lap 75 of the scheduled 80-lap race sent Fontaine’s car flipping upside down on the frontstretch at Daytona International Speedway.
It took several minutes for safety workers to extract Fontaine from the car and he was placed on a backboard.
He was diagnosed with a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae and will be kept overnight at a Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., for observation.
“I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay and I’m thankful for the outreach of support,” Fontaine said in a statement released by his team. “I also want to thank Win-Tron Racing for building me a safe race car.
“I’d also like to especially thank ARCA and the track for their quick actions after the accident. It looks like I’ll be out of the car for a while.”
Austin Theriault, who was leading at the time of the caution, was declared the winner after the race was called by time constraints, as one of the track’s energy-absorbing SAFER walls required repair.
ARCA’s next scheduled race is April 8 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.