Bob Akin upgraded to critical

BRASELTON, GA (April 27, 2002) -- Bob Akin's condition was upgraded to Critical Saturday as he remained in the neurological intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta recovering from injuries suffered Thursday during a testing ...

BRASELTON, GA (April 27, 2002) -- Bob Akin's condition was upgraded to Critical Saturday as he remained in the neurological intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta recovering from injuries suffered Thursday during a testing accident at Road Atlanta.

Akin, 66, had been listed as "critical and extremely unstable" Thursday following the accident at turn four. His condition stabilized somewhat overnight Friday.

Akin suffered a "complete disruption" of the C5/C6 vertebrae, but doctors do not expect to be able to conduct any further tests until the swelling subsides, hopefully by Monday. Akin also suffered third-degree burns on 15% of his body (hands, face and left shoulder), has a broken left leg, broken right arm, broken left shoulder and multiple lacerations.

Akin was driving a 1988 Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo during testing for this weekend's Walter Mitty Challenge at Road Atlanta. The Mitty is sanctioned by the Historic Sportscar Racing association and features vintage and historic cars from a wide variety of racing series.

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Series Automotive , IMSA Others , Le Mans , Vintage
Drivers Bob Akin