TJ Hartman Racing News June 7, 2009



TJ Hartman Racing News June 7th, 2009
June 7th, 2009
Author: Ted Hartman


Photo courtesy of The Nicki Factor - TJ with one of his young fans on Fan Appreciation Night at GHR

TJ Hartman Racing - UPDATE - Appreciation

Puyallup, WA - June 6, 2009...

TJ was involved in an opening lap crash this weekend at the Grays Harbor Raceway that destroyed his entire race car. The scary incident was caught on video by Aaron Reed, and can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Photo Courtesy of The Nicki Factor - the aftermath of a wicked crash

TJ is at home and resting comfortably now. Initially he responded well to emergency personnel evaluation on the track, but lost his vision for a short time following the crash. An immediate decision was made to transport him via ambulance from the track for more evaluation. Upon returning home early Sunday morning, he started developing further head concussion type symptoms, and was taken to the ER at Good Samaritan hospital in Puyallup. A CT scan showed no immediate problems, and Dr's ordered monitoring of him closely until the symptoms subside.

Our family and team want to thank the safety crew, EMT's, and wrecker teams for their patience in treating TJ. We want to thank all of those that have called and sent messages of support. Above all else, we want to thank the makers of TJ's chassis and safety gear for bringing him home to us. While the car is completely destroyed, the cockpit of his Maxim Chassis remained intact, his Butlerbuilt seat protected him like a cacoon, his Hooker Harness safety belts held him tight from beginning to end. The Hans device he wore proved it's value beyond compare, and his Simpson helmet deflected what could have been a catastrophic outcome as he encountered a concrete retaining wall and catch fence with the roll cage.

We are indebted to each of you and your role in protecting our child, friend, and loved one. At this time our focus is on getting TJ healthy before making any further racing plans for the year. The car was destroyed, and he does have a backup car and spare parts. We did suffer a significant setback in some damage to our lone engine in the incident, and we will evaluate that once we get TJ's brain to stop swishing around in his head.

He is a little sore, but in good spirits, and in his own words, would race tomorrow if we let him. Perhaps the greatest debt we owe is to Jimmy Sills, who taught TJ the many aspects of driving and working on a sprint car - but also taught us the most important thing - protect your head at all costs. And if that means sitting out for a time until he is completely healthy, then so be it.

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