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Scott Speed breaks back in rallycross landing

AdvoCare 500 - Qualifying

HAMPTON, GA - AUGUST 30: Scott Speed, driver of the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 30, 2013 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Subaru rallycross driver Scott Speed has suffered fractures to three vertebrae in his back following a hard landing during his opening heat race in the Nitro World Games at the Utah Motorsports Campus Friday.

Reports indicate that the 36-year-old Californian was carrying too much speed into a jump and missed the dirt landing area, causing his car to land on the tarmac.

Speed was able to complete his heat and exit his car, but was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation after complaining of pain. He would later confirm his injuries via social media.

“[A] CT scan confirmed a destroyed t6 then [I] was taken to a spine specialist at University of Utah,” Speed shared on social media. “Finally got an MRI done around 3 am… We found I have 3 fractured vertebrae. Waiting now for the surgeons to give us the game plan. Last night was easily the scariest and most painful time I can remember. Was in a pretty dark place.

“But I want to thank so much everyone, who came and spent time with me. No way I could have made it thru alone.

“Thanks for all the kind text messages.”

A former Formula One and NASCAR competitor, Speed has been competing in rallycross events since 2013. He won the inaugural Americas Rallycross championship last season for Andretti Autosport and currently holds a five-point lead over Tanner Foust in the ARX standings.

Due to his injuries, Speed will miss the remainder of this weekend’s event.