Bizarre motorcycle accident sidelines Speed Touring Car driver Neal Sapp. CENTENNIAL, Colo. (June 14, 2002)- SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car 2000 and 2001 Championship Runner-Up Neal Sapp will miss the next two rounds at...
Bizarre motorcycle accident sidelines Speed Touring Car driver Neal Sapp.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (June 14, 2002)- SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car 2000 and 2001 Championship Runner-Up Neal Sapp will miss the next two rounds at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident in which he hit a deer Tuesday evening, June 11.
Sapp, driver of the No. 55 duPont Motorsports/ERT BMW 325i, was on a short test run near his home after making a mechanical adjustment to his road motorcycle when a deer ran out into the road in front of him. The impact left Sapp with a separated left shoulder, two broken ribs and lacerations on his hands and arms.
"I was about a half mile from my house and doing only about 40 mph when she [the deer] just ran out from nowhere," said Sapp. "It was almost like she made a bee-line for me. I tried to stop and swerve at the last minute to avoid her, but there was nowhere to go. I hit the deer square in the ribs and went over the bars on the bike.
"I was laying on the road, and looked over and she was right there next to me on her back. She rolled over and hobbled off. I either knocked the wind out of her or broke some of her ribs. My neighbor saw the whole thing. He said the whole scene was just unbelievable."
Ironically, Sapp learned that the exact same thing happened to fellow World Challenge driver Paul Gargiulo while riding to Lime Rock Park for a race in 2000.
"I'm really sore," said Sapp. "I haven't slept all week and am just in pain. They say that these things happen close to home. I wasn't doing anything crazy, just riding back home."
The motorcycle accident adds to an already dismal season for the two-time runner-up, who has just six points and sits 35th in the season standings.
"It could be a lot worse," added Sapp. "I could have been more seriously injured. Or, I could be leading the points."
DuPont Motorsports has not yet announced a replacement driver for the No. 55 car for the next two events, just two and three weekends away.
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