Blundell to Miss Rio By Gordon Kirby After last week's accident in St. Louis, the PacWest Racing Group driver will sit out Saturday's race. Roberto Moreno will take the wheel. Mark Blundell will miss next weekend's FedEx Championship race...
Blundell to Miss Rio By Gordon Kirby
After last week's accident in St. Louis, the PacWest Racing Group driver will sit out Saturday's race. Roberto Moreno will take the wheel. Mark Blundell will miss next weekend's FedEx Championship race in Brazil, after suffering from a blood clot at the base of his spine and bad bruising to his body. The injuries were caused by a big accident during testing at Gateway Raceway on May 4. Brazilian Roberto Moreno will drive in his place in Rio. On Monday, Blundell, waiting for his doctors' prognosis, said he hopes to be back in action at St. Louis, the next race on May 28. "It's got to take its course, and there's no way I can get inside a racecar like this," Blundell said about his blood clot. "It's not the greatest of news, I must admit, but I'd be kidding myself if I made the trip down there. I wouldn't be doing the team or the sponsors any justice. I only want to perform if I can give 100 percent, and I'm not there right now. The good thing is I'm in as good a shape as I've ever been in -- I'm probably fortunate in that respect. It should help me recover a lot quicker." He couldn't say how long that would take. "There was some internal bleeding, and [my lower back] swelled up pretty badly and got extremely big and painful. It's gone down from there, but it's stayed the same size for a few days. I would have thought it would have started going away by now, but it's not. It's still there. So I've got to wait for the prognosis from the doctor and evaluate the next step." Blundell said the G force reading from the accident was off the scale. The car hit the wall backward at an estimated speed of 170 mph. "It was a big force. My helmet dented the headrest, and it threw my head forward and broke the chin piece on my helmet and cracked the helmet. The steering was bent forward back and towards the dash where my forearm smashed against the steering wheel." He coughed up blood while in the car at the accident scene and passed some blood through urine immediately afterward. That problem vanished overnight. "There was a little bit of concern about that, but that's gone now. I've got some bruises to my kidneys, and there's some fluid on the lungs, but that should be OK in a few more days. My right knee's swollen up badly, and there's this lump at the bottom of my back, and the top end of my back and neck feel like it's a brick. But we'll be OK."