Indianapolis, IN (July 26, 2001) - Cheever Indy Racing driver Scott Goodyear, who sustained a back injury during the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, will remain in a brace for four more weeks. Goodyear suffered a compression ...
Indianapolis, IN (July 26, 2001) - Cheever Indy Racing driver Scott Goodyear, who sustained a back injury during the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, will remain in a brace for four more weeks.
Goodyear suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra when his #52 Thermos®Grill2Go Infiniti was collected by the spinning car of Sarah Fisher on lap 8 of this year's Indy 500.
"I will be in the brace for another four weeks, and then I'll go back and see Dr. Terry Trammell at the end of August," explained Goodyear. "The good news is that I'm now able to take the brace off to sleep at night, and I'll also be increasing my level of physical activity and doing a bit more therapy in the pool."
The veteran Canadian, twice a runner-up at the Indianapolis 500, had been hoping to return to the cockpit for the final round of IROC competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 4.
Goodyear (on the physical rehabilitation process): "I went to see Dr. Trammell on Wednesday (July 25) wishing to be cleared and resume normal life, but when I looked at the x-ray, even with my untrained eye I could see that there was still some repair time left. However, I am feeling much better today than I was when I was released from the hospital, and every week that goes by I feel an improvement. This last step of being able to do some more physical activity and be in the pool on a more regular basis will prepare me for getting the brace completely off in four weeks. Now that more of the healing process has taken place, I'll be doing some more stretching and exercising using more of the muscles around the back."
On missing the IROC event at Indianapolis: "Unfortunately, I'm going to miss the final IROC race at Indianapolis, and that's very disheartening. Any time you get a chance to race on the world's most famous track, it's something you don't want to pass up. It was a huge honor to be invited to drive in the IROC series this year. I was invited in 1993 and 1994 but couldn't accept the invitation due to scheduling, and now this year I could only compete in two of the four events. The Signores do a fantastic job and I have really enjoyed driving the IROC cars. Calling the Signores the other day to tell them I wouldn't be able to drive at the final IROC event was a sad phone call to make, but it's the unfortunate reality. Hopefully, I'll get another chance at IROC in the future."
On his current activities: "Obviously, I'm anxious to be cleared to drive the car again but also I'd like to just resume normal life activities. My plan this summer was to slow down and spend more time with my family, and I've cherished the time that I've been able to spend with my wife and kids. It's been great compared to what I was able to do when I was on the road so much. So from that aspect, I'm very fortunate, but from a physical activity point of view, we've been very limited. We've been spending a lot of time at the lake, but I've not been in the water with my kids all summer. The first thing I'm going to do when I get the brace off is go up to the lake, walk down to the water, and jump off the end of the dock."
On his positive outlook: "I think I've always been a person who has a good grasp of reality and I fully realize how fortunate I am to walk away from that type of incident. I've always been one who looks to the future and who deals with what I have in front of me. I'll just continue to work through these next four weeks and go from there. What can you do? You can stomp up and down, or be in a bad mood, or kick the cat, but it's not going to do you any good. So you just deal with what you have and move forward."