American Sprintcar legend Danny Smith will return to Australia later this month to sub in for the injured Trevor Green in the ADRAD Racing outfit for the remainder of the Performance Wholesale World Series Sprintcars Championship.
After suffering spinal injuries during Round two of the series and Green is resting at his Adelaide home but says he needs something to keep him occupied while he recovers.
“This is by far the worst pain I have ever felt,” ached Green.
“I keep trying to get up thinking that I’m alright but its terrible. I can’t lie down, I can’t stand up for any period of time, it hurts when I cough, getting into and out of the car is difficult so all I can do is rest.
I have been told I have to wear this brace for 12 weeks and then I can start rehab but I am hoping I can get out of it quicker than that.
“You have got to set yourself goals and I hope I can get a few meetings in before the Australian Title but at this stage I don’t care if I ever race again, I will be happy if I can walk properly.”
Smith is certainly no stranger to the Australian Speedway scene racing for many car owners over the years with six Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic victories. His first career PWWSS main event win came at the Newcastle Motordrome in 1988 with 11 in total.
“The number one reason I decided on Danny was he could race from Boxing night until the end of the series in Perth, he knows all the tracks and the World Series format inside out plus he is very popular which is good for our sponsors,” said Green.
Smith arrives into Australia on Christmas Eve (December 24) before making his debut in the ADRAD colours on Boxing Night (December 26) at Adelaide’s Speedway City.