Annett to have immediate surgery
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will have surgery for injuries sustained in an early, multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, according to a team release.
Annett was taken to a local hospital after he was caught up in the crash — an early crash, not the one that led to fan injuries. On Tuesday, his Richard Petty Motorsports team issued a release saying that after further evaluation by two doctors in North Carolina, it was determined that he had suffered a "fracture and dislocation of his sternum" and would immediately have surgery in Charlotte.
Annett will be unable to compete for an indefinite amount of time. The team says Aric Almirola will drive the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway "as the team evaluates its options moving forward."
The team added in the release that "Richard Petty Motorsports' primary concern is the health of Annett and getting him the proper treatment he needs for a full recovery."