Brett Bodine, driver of the No. 11 Hooters Taurus, was involved in a practice accident during happy hour at Michigan International Speedway. He was awake and alert, but being transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Crew chief Mike...
Brett Bodine, driver of the No. 11 Hooters Taurus, was involved in a practice accident during happy hour at Michigan International Speedway. He was awake and alert, but being transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Crew chief Mike Hillman spoke about the accident after seeing Bodine in the infield care center.
MIKE HILLMAN , Crew Chief - No. 11 Hooters Taurus
IS BRETT OK? "They said he was alert and moving around and everything was OK. Todd (Bodine) stopped and talked to him and told me he was OK, but he took a pretty hard hit. Hopefully, there are no broken bones or anything seriously wrong. I think it probably cut down a right-front tire. We do run a safety switch on the throttle. A lot of people don't, but we have one on there so we shouldn't have been in that situation. It's just a bad deal and we'll have to get over it."
IS THERE A REASON THEY CARRIED HIM OUT OF THE CAR? "I don't know. Maybe he was a little dizzy or groggy. They were just being safe. He's not one of those guys that has too big of an ego to let people help him."
HE'S CONSCIOUS? "Oh yeah. They said he was doing fine."
DID HE SAY ANYTHING ON THE RADIO? "No, he didn't talk to us on the radio. He talked to Todd and knew who Todd was, so that's a good sign."
YOU SAW THE REPLAY ON PIT ROAD. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION? "I'm really glad that he was talking and moving and everything was cool. We can always rebuild new race cars and we'll survive this like we do a lot of other obstacles, but we'll be OK."
WHAT ABOUT THE RACE? "I don't know. It's a good car we ran before and we'll just have to see who we end up with to drive. Hopefully Brett can drive it, but if we can't, we'll call in somebody else."
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN IMPACT LIKE THAT BEFORE? "Yeah, I've seen some pretty bad impacts. That was pretty good, but I'm glad they put those tires down on the inside wall because that really helped a bunch. They're really working hard at this soft wall issue and taking care of these drivers. The safety we've incorporated in these cars the last couple of years is immense and that's a tribute to the safety NASCAR wants to see and what we want to see for our drivers. That makes it a lot easier to walk out of these infield medical centers."
Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 54 National Guard Taurus, witnessed his brother's accident in happy hour and spoke about it after practice.
TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus
WHAT DID YOU SEE? "He blew a right-front for sure. There was no oil. I don't know what they were looking at because there were sparks and everything. It was viscous. It was hard. My only regret is that I didn't stop him from hitting the inside wall. I should have sacrificed my car because I could tell he was knocked out. That's why I was riding along side him, but both of them were pretty viscous hits. The second one was as bad as the first one."
HOW DID YOU KNOW HE WAS KNOCKED OUT? "He wasn't slowing down. He was still running 150 miles an hour."
HOW WAS HE WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR? "It took him a minute or so. I asked him a couple of times where he was at and he mumbled. On the third time he said Michigan and he knew who I was. I knew he was alright when he leaned up on the stretcher and hugged me and said he loved me. I knew he was alright then."