Roush Racing crew member medical update

N0. 26 TIRE CHANGER INJURED, BUT PROGNOSIS GOOD CONCORD, NC (March 29, 2006) -- Joe Kruschek, rear tire changer for the No. 26 Roush Racing Ford Fusion, was injured in Monday's race in Atlanta during a routine pit stop. Kruschek sustained ...

N0. 26 TIRE CHANGER INJURED, BUT PROGNOSIS GOOD

CONCORD, NC (March 29, 2006) -- Joe Kruschek, rear tire changer for the No. 26 Roush Racing Ford Fusion, was injured in Monday's race in Atlanta during a routine pit stop. Kruschek sustained injuries to both hands when the jack was released while he was still in the process of tightening lugnuts. Kruschek suffered a broken left thumb, a broken right middle finger and a cut right index finger. He successfully underwent surgery on Tuesday, March 21st, in a local hospital in Griffin, Georgia, and was transported back to the Charlotte, North Carolina area by Roush Racing.

Kruschek will be in a cast and will undergo physical therapy for at least a couple of months, but the prognosis is good for a satisfactory recovery. Upon welcoming Kruschek back to the Charlotte area, team owner Jack Roush contacted Dr. Jerry Petty, a Charlotte neurosurgeon, to further evaluate Joe and refer him to a hand specialist. "We're going to see that Joe Kruschek has the best possible care and that the most appropriate specialists are consulted and brought on board. Joe is a racer and I know that more than anything he wants to get back to work at the race track, but first and foremost we want him to be healthy," commented Jack Roush.

This is Kruschek's first year with Roush Racing.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jack Roush