The 2013 NASCAR season has been put on hold for Michael Annett.
On Tuesday it was announced by Richard Petty Motorsports in a statement that Annett suffered a fractured and dislocated sternum in a crash during Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Annett will be out indefinitely as he will undergo surgery in Charlotte.
During the Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona, Annett was one of the drivers caught in a 11-car crash toward the end of the race. The wreck brought out the red flag for about 20 minutes. The wreck involving Annett was prior to the wreck that involved parts of Kyle Larson’s car over the catch fence. Annett was taken to a hospital and was released the following morning.
As the Nationwide Series progresses Aric Almirola will step in and substitute for Annett in the No.43 Ford for RPM for the race weekend at Phoenix International Speedway. Plans for the No.43 team past Phoenix are to be determined as well as the time needed for Annett’s recovery from surgery.
The news of Annett’s surgery following the wreck at Daytona puts his chances at a Nationwide championship on hold. Annett had been improving in the series over the past two seasons, including a top five finish in the points in 2012. Going into the 2013 season Annett had a good chance to continue his improvement but it has been cut short following the news of his surgery. With the seriousness of his injury and the unknown time period for recovery his chances at a championship in 2013 are gone.
Whether he will return to compete or not, the important thing will be his recovery and that there will still be another chance at winning races when he gets back.