St. Amant To Miss IRP Event
June 24, 2003 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Appalachian Motorsports decided early Tuesday to withdraw $50,00 Rookie Candidate Stephen Leicht from the 2003 program. Plans call for Leicht to make two additional starts this season, possibly Illiana Motor Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville. The Asheville, N.C., native is expected to compete full-time for rookie honors in 2004.
Scott Hansen, a 26-time ASA race winner, will pilot the No. 23 The Medicine Shoppe Chevrolet in the upcoming ASA Racing 200 Presented by BFGoodrich Tires 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Saturday, June 28. Hansen continues to fill the roll as team manager for Appalachian Motorsports.
In the late stages of the ASA Racing Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on Saturday, June 21, St. Amant spun down the fronstretch and was involved in a multi-car incident, including heavy impact to the left rear of his The Medicine Shoppe Chevrolet. After an overnight stay in a local hospital, St. Amant was released and is recovering from home.
"It was very reminiscent of my crash at Heartland Park Topeka a few years ago, but in that one, it mostly affected my head," St. Amant said. "I’m pretty bruised up, but I’ll be back at Madison."
St. Amant suffered several injuries, including four broken bones in the lumbar region of his back (lower back), bruised kidneys and bruises throughout his arms and shoulders. While he won’t be driving at Indianapolis Raceway Park, St. Amant said he plans to attend the race to keep an eye on his fellow competitors.
"The doctor told me to take it easy for a couple of weeks and recover, but it looks like everything is going to be fine," St. Amant said.
By missing the ASA race at Indianapolis Raceway Park, St. Amant will end his string of consecutive starts at 297. He has 315 career starts and last missed an event in May of 1987.
Regarding the incident, St. Amant said he was grateful the impact to his car came where it did.
"Had I been hit two or three feet further to the left or to the right, it really could have been bad," St. Amant said.
ASA next races on Saturday, June 28 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The following event, which St. Amant intends to return for, will be held Friday, July 18 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis.
Those wishing to send cards or well wishes can send them to: Gary St. Amant, 2620 Abington Road, Columbus OH 43231.