TORC: Arie Luyendyk Jr. hospitalized after wild crash at season opener (VIDEO)

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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.

F1: Sebastian Vettel incurs costly penalty during Friday’s U.S. Grand Prix practice

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Lewis Hamilton got a gift from F1 officials when Sebastian Vettel was penalized three places on the starting grid for Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix for not slowing down enough for a red flag during Friday’s morning practice at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Vettel insists he abided by the rules.

“I think I slowed down,” the Ferrari driver said. “I had a good look around at what was going on. The rules are clear so we know.

“They [the stewards] were very specific, saying I took 27.7 seconds to slow down. I saw the red flag, I slowed down, I had a look around where the car was potentially stuck in the wall or if there was one around Turn 9 or 10.

“Then I slowed down significantly to comply with the rules. … They found it too long. I think it was straightforward.

“On top of it there might have been an issue with the timing, the system. I don’t know. … I think it’s wrong.”

Vettel also said he was worried that “if there is a car right behind you, it might run into you. But it is more important you don’t get a penalty.”

Hamilton recorded the fastest lap in the morning session in his Mercedes. Vettel, meanwhile, is essentially in a win-or-else situation if he hopes to prevent Hamilton from clinching the 2018 F1 championship.

Being penalized makes Vettel’s chances all the more difficult. Short of winning Sunday, the only other way Vettel can keep Hamilton from winning his fifth F1 crown is if he finishes within seven points of Hamilton.

Hamilton currently leads Vettel by 67 points. If Hamilton doesn’t clinch the title this weekend, it’ll be on to Mexico City next weekend for another chance at sealing the championship deal.

Hamilton’s previous championships have come in three of the last four seasons (2014, 2015 and 2017), as well as his first in 2008.

Friday’s second practice was washed out, for all intents and purposes. Hamilton logged just eight minutes and couldn’t go faster than he did in the soggy conditions earlier in the morning, while Vettel managed just 12 minutes on-track in the second session.

Saturday’s forecast calls for more rain, but Sunday’s race day outlook calls for dry conditions.

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