Orlando, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will undergo surgery in Charlotte for a fractured and dislocated sternum suffered in a crash at Daytona Saturday.
He will be out of the No. 43 Ford indefinitely and be replaced by Aric Almirola in the Nationwide race this weekend at Phoenix.
Annett, 26, was involved in an 11-car crash near the end of the event that caused a red flag, halting the race for 20 minutes. He was transported to the nearby Halifax hospital for treatment.
The crash involving Annett happened with three laps to go and was different from the final-lap crash that caused parts of Kyle Larson’s airborne car to enter the grandstands and injure spectators.
Annett’s car was hit and turned to the right, slamming head-on into the SAFER barrier. Annett was taken to a Daytona hospital and kept overnight, but released the next morning.
He was re-evaluated by doctors in North Carolina Tuesday when the sternum fracture was discovered.