UPDATE (12:15 a.m. ET): More good news to report on Arie Luyendyk Jr., who was taken to a Las Vegas hospital after a breath-taking crash during the opening round of the 2014 TORC championship at Primm, Nevada.
A short time ago, Luyendyk tweeted that while he may have to have surgery on his collarbone, his neck and back are alright.
The incident occurred during the Pro 2 class race and just after the green flag had come out following a competition caution. Luyendyk had been running in fifth place when he made contact with Mike Jenkins in mid-air.
His truck then skidded briefly on two wheels before going into a barrel roll that took him off the race track. After rolling multiple times, the truck came to rest right-side up.
The crash can be seen in the video below and takes place just after the 2 hour, 48 minute mark.
Medical personnel were immediately on the scene and the race was red-flagged. Thankfully, Luyendyk was reported by TORC to be alert before he was taken to the hospital.
His father, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Sr., later tweeted that Arie Jr. had broken his collarbone but was otherwise alright:
Arie Jr. also posted a Tweet of himself in the ambulance giving a ‘thumbs up’ gesture, along with a word of thanks to the TORC medical team for their help:
Arie Jr. was a long-time competitor in the Indy Lights championship and raced in the 2006 Indianapolis 500. He also gained some notoriety outside of racing after taking part in the eighth season of reality show “The Bachelorette.”
This weekend’s TORC season-opening event will be broadcast April 25 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.
And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.
After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.
In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.
Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.
“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.
“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.
“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”
Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.
“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”
Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.