Shane Hmiel Suffers Broken Neck, Back
Updated Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Shane Hmiel remains in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after his accident during qualifying for the USAC Silver Crown Series Sumar Classic 100 at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track Saturday night.
A statement issues by USAC states that Hmiel suffered fractures of the neck and back and is in the hospital’s intensive care awaiting surgery, which should take place sometime in the next 24 hours.
Steve Hmiel, Shane’s father and a former NASCAR crew chief, says his son has a “long road to recovery.”
“We are optimistic for Shane’s recovery,” stated USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller. “We will monitor Shane’s hospitalization and will provide updates on his progress.”
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — USAC standout Shane Hmiel was critically injured in a qualifying crash Saturday night for the USAC Silver Crown Series Sumar Classic 100 at the Terre Haute Action Track.
According to a USAC statement Hmiel, 30, was transported from Terre Haute via helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he is listed in critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“We are very concerned about Shane and offer our resources and our support to his family during this time of healing,” said USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller.
Hmiel started his racing career in NASCAR and made 117 starts in NASCAR’s three major touring divisions before being suspended for life as a result multiple failed drug tests.
After coming to grips with his problems the North Carolina native made his move to USAC, earning his first USAC-sanctioned victory during a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series event Iowa Speedway last season.
This year Hmiel has victories in each of USAC’s national touring divisions (sprint car, midget and Silver Crown).
National Speed Sport News will update this story as information becomes available.