Legendary racer Hans Stuck has sustained serious injuries in the hardest crash of his long racing career. It seems that his BMW struck a car that was parked at the side of the track. Shades of Mario Andretti on Lakeshore Blvd. here in Toronto years ago.
Stuck suffered a fractured second lumbar vertebra, a contusion of the heart and the expected bumps and bruises. Fortunately, it sounds like Stuck is doing pretty well all things considered.
Things could have been a whole lot worse, if he had not been wearing a HANS device:
“Without this head and neck protection system, I probably wouldn’t have survived this accident,Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the 56-year-old says. “I will dedicate myself to protecting all drivers in the long distance championship with this safety system in the future.Ã¢â‚¬Å“
Showing his true love for the sport, Hans has promised that he will keep driving as long as he can and is still expecting to drive at Le Mans in June.