Aric Almirola (Getty Images)
Aric Almirola is less than a week removed from being involved in a horrific crash at Kansas Speedway, but the driver of the No. 43 car is still out trying to be a positive influence in the world.
Almirola was in attendance at a gala charity event hosted by Martin Truex Jr. in Statesville, N.C., on Wednesday. The money he helped raise will go toward treating pediatric and ovarian cancer. That’s even more courageous, considering he was only released from the hospital Monday after being diagnosed with a compound fracture in his T5 vertebra.
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The injury will sideline him indefinitely from the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.
“When I was in the ICU in Kansas, I FaceTime’d my wife and told her I was OK,” Almirola said (via Charlotte TV station WCNC). And I said, ‘Hey, don’t forget, Wednesday night is Catwalk for a Cause, so as long as the doctors let me we’re still going.'”
Almirola also gave an update on his health, saying he had one more scan and he would “let everyone know Friday” what his condition was.
Regan Smith will replace Almirola in Saturday’s NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.