The family of race car driver Jack Ingram is optimistic about the recovery following the car crash near Asheville Motor Speedway in North Carolina on Sunday.
According to the police report, Ingram was driving his car, with Ben Barnes and Robert Reeves as his passengers, when a 1999 Ford pick-up truck smashed into the driver’s side door of the racer’s vehicle. The witnesses told the authorities that Ingram sped past at the stop sign.
He was immediately rushed to the Memorial Mission Hospital where he was wheeled into the intensive care unit. Initially, doctors found out that he suffered from five broken ribs, puncture wound on his left side and a collapsed lung.
On Tuesday, the family issued an update on Ingram’s health status. “Jack is continuing on today his road to recovery. He is where he needs to be, optimally, health-wise,” it read, adding that the NASCAR Hall of Famer is “responding to simple commands” from the family and the hospital medical personnel.
Nevertheless, he is still attached to an apparatus to help him breathe.
“We are encouraged with his current state and remain cautiously optimistic,” the statement added. “As always, we appreciate your prayers and well wishes and positive thoughts. We can’t thank you enough.”
Ingram’s daughter, Ingrid, has been updating his status on the Caring Bridge website. She said the doctors are still closely monitoring the situation. In fact, the waiting game has been reduced to “hour by hour for now.”
Ingrid also said that everybody is just trying to be there for their mother who is taking it hard. “She’s doing well considering the circumstances, but we have a very close-knit family,” she added.
The 81-year-old wore championship titles at the Xfinity Series in 1982 and 1985. Before he retired, he won 31 races in the secondary division.