Danny Townsend Update-- Milford, Michigan. The 2006 race season ended early for the VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car. The popular and highly ranked car crashed heavily at the Columbus, Ohio Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event,...
Danny Townsend Update--
Milford, Michigan. The 2006 race season ended early for the VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car. The popular and highly ranked car crashed heavily at the Columbus, Ohio Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, September 24th, hospitalizing driver Danny Townsend.
Townsend was competing in the final round of the event. Both competitors experienced traction problems, during the cool, early evening race. The VIP car, though, made an abrupt move into the right side guard wall, rendering Townsend unconscious. It then crossed the track, impacted the left wall and accelerated into the catch fencing at the track's end. Townsend was cut from the wreckage, semi-conscious and suspected of having internal injuries. He was treated on-site and air lifted to the University of Ohio Medical Center, where head trauma was identified as the only injury.
As of October 5th, Townsend remains in the medical center's rehabilitation unit. He is comfortable and recovering well on pace with the nature of his injury. Physical therapy is being provided, to minimize any possibility of complications or lasting effects. He is expected to be released around October 18th. Cards and messages may be sent to Danny via ParkerTech Racing Services, 1447 Orban, Milford, Mi. 48380.
Frank Parker, team owner, has visited Townsend on several occasions and Dan Parker, Frank's father, has remained at the hospital with Townsend. Both Parkers are very pleased with his condition. "Danny is more than our team driver," said Frank. "He's a long-time family friend, so my concern for his well being is especially deep. After seeing him, and talking with his doctors, I'm convinced he will return to top condition, with no ill effects." Parker expressed his thanks to those who helped at the scene. "The NHRA and National Trail emergency crews were on top of the action and did everything right. It was disheartening to see Danny carried off by the medivac helicopter, but, at the same time, it was reassuring to know he had been handled well and was going to a top-notch medical facility."
Parker summed up the situation by saying, "I haven't given a thought to the car. It's a mess, but Murph McKinney's chassis design and construction saved Danny's life. Our sponsor, VIP.com, is aware of the circumstances and is also more concerned about Danny than about discussing what to do next. Putting the human factor before business makes VIP, and our associate sponsors, great folks with which to work. As soon as Danny is 'up and running,' we'll talk about racing again."
Since Townsend's condition is not life-threatening, nor expected to produce long-term effects, updates on his recovery will be made on a weekly basis.