MX-5 Cup: Brett Smrz off-track serious injury

MX-5 Cup Driver Smrz Loses Portion of Leg in Off-Track Incident TOPEKA, Kan. (May 7, 2007) -- SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup driver, Brett Smrz, of Coeur d'Alene, Id., underwent surgery to amputate the lower portion of...

MX-5 Cup Driver Smrz Loses Portion of Leg in Off-Track Incident

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 7, 2007) -- SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup driver, Brett Smrz, of Coeur d'Alene, Id., underwent surgery to amputate the lower portion of his left leg Saturday, following an injury sustained while jumping on a trampoline.

The break was severe enough to sever the main artery and nerve to the 16-year-old's left foot and after 20 hours in surgery, the doctors determined the leg required amputation in order to save the young racer's life. On Saturday, May 5, doctors successfully removed a section of Smrz' left leg, up to his knee. He will require several more surgeries this week, but is reported to be stable and in good spirits.

"We have been in close contact with Brett and his family and Brett's commitment to getting back behind the wheel of a racecar is unwavering," MER team representative Marc Miller said. "We are committed to help make that a reality and our entire team is behind Brett and his family 100 percent. We hope to have him testing as soon as his physical therapist clears him and ready for at least the last race at Miller Motorsports Park (in September). Knowing him, he will bounce back stronger than ever and we will be there to facilitate that."

"Everyone at SCCA Pro Racing is pulling for Brett," SCCA Pro Racing President Bob Wildberger said. "He's a great talent with a bright future ahead of him. As strong-willed as he's proven to be on the track, it appears he's even more determined to make it through this."

Smrz burst onto the MX-5 Cup scene in April at the series season-opener in Houston, Texas, where he captured the pole in his first car race. Smrz, who only turned 16 in February, went on to finish third in his debut.

-credit: scca pro racing

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Series SCCA
Drivers Brett Smrz , Marc Miller