Sunday, May 14, 2017

The right and wrong ways to do a post-crash interview

Opinion piece by Joshua Healton


First off, we all need to say a big prayer for Aric Almirola and his family. Everything I am reading says that he may have a back injury. I am praying for a speedy recovery and that he is able to walk out of the hospital.

That said, I could not help but notice the complete opposite attitudes and the apparent entitlement that one driver expressed in their post-crash interview.

Last night, Joey Logano had a failure of the right front brake rotor in his #22 Ford that sent him into the #10 Ford driven by Danica Patrick. Both cars were then hit hard by the #43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola. Both Danica and Joey quickly got out of their cars and shared a ride to the infield care center. Aric had to have the roof of his car cut open and was take out on a back board. He was later airlifted to a local hospital.

After being released from the care center Joey made the following statement. “Just saying a lot of prayers for Aric right now. A lot of us took a hard hit. Something broke on my car, I don’t know what it was. I noticed it as I was trying to go in. I tried to back it off but you’re going 215 and it’s hard to check up. The car just took a bit step sideways into the corner and I hooked Danica.

“I just hope everyone is OK. I hope Aric is alright,” added Logano. “That’s the last thing you want to see, a big hit like that for anyone. It’s unfortunate for everyone. Let’s hope that Aric is alright.”
Shortly thereafter, Danica came out of the care center and gave the following interview. “When he [Logano] said he had a failure, I can’t say it made me feel that much better in the moment. I am just frustrated for the lack of breaks I get. It seems like every time​ things are going better and something happens I get crashed or am in a crash.

“Unfortunately there were two of us that got collected and while I am okay, one of these times one if these really big accidents someone is not going to be okay,” said Patrick. “Aric [Almirola] is not okay and his car looked the best of everybody.”

After the race, both drivers took to Twitter. (As of this writing, these are the latest tweets from both drivers)



Am I the only one who sees the polar opposite attitudes that these two drivers had after a crash that could have severely injured a fellow driver? Am I the only one who is mad that the most popular female driver ever in NASCAR chose to use her post-crash interview to bemoan the "bad luck" she has had this year.

Danica, you walked away from a firey crash that may have lasting consequences for a fellow driver. How about you put the saltiness on hold and make sure that your fellow driver is OK before saying you have "bad luck?" Is that too much to ask?

(The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the writer only and not of Fast Lane Race News or its other writers or editors.)

Update: Aric Almirola has been released from the hospital and will be heading home to Mooresville, NC. I will continue to pray for a speedy recovery.

Here’s the official press release from the team about Almirola’s injury:

    "KANSAS CITY, Kan. – (May 14, 2017) – Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, has been released from a local Kansas hospital and will fly back to his home in Mooresville, N.C. today.

    Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway Saturday night.  Almirola is mobile and will follow-up with his doctors in Charlotte.

    Richard Petty Motorsports will provide further updates when available."

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