On Tuesday, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that their NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Michael Annett will be out indefinitely.
Annett has a fractured and dislocated sternum that he suffered in a crash that sent his No. 43 Ford Mustang head first into the wall last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. You can see a video of the crash below.
After the violent crash, Annett was hospitalized over Saturday night before being released on Sunday. He has then gone on to two follow up appointments with two different doctors. Both determined that Annett will need to have surgery.
Aric Almirola will drive in Annett’s place this weekend in the Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. He will also pilot his No. 43 Sprint Cup Series Ford Fusion on Sunday.
Last season, Annett finished a career best fifth in the point standings. This puts a huge setback on his chances this year to improve on that, but at the end of the day personal safety should be a priority. Just like Dale Earnhardt Jr. watching his championship hopes fade away when he stepped away for a concussion injury last season.