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Carlin’s Peter Li gives thumbs up a day after his airborne accident

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Despite enduring one of the most terrifying accidents in recent memory, Carlin’s Peter Li is already smiling from his hospital bed as he begins his recovery process.

The Chinese driver struck teammate Ryan Tveter during Saturday’s first of three races in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, then launched over the back to go airborne at a seemingly unreal, video-game level height.

Li landed in the gravel trap at a hard rate, but still without further rollover.

He underwent an initial assessment at the infield medical center and then was transferred to a University hospital by helicoper.

Li was diagnosed with multiple broken bones in his heel and four fractured vertebrae, but was alert and speaking with team personnel. The broken bones will require surgery while the fractured vertebrae will not.

Luckily on social media on Sunday, Li’s team posted him giving the thumbs up, as did Tveter, who was released from the infield medical center after the accident.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.