Kyle Larson feels his Turn 1 hit last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway could have been worse, even if it registered as the hardest one he’s had.
Speaking Friday morning before he gets back it his Chip Ganassi Racing car in Bristol, Larson said he felt “relatively fine” after the accident. The No. 42 Chevrolet blew a right-front tire on Lap 126 in Texas and slammed the outside wall.
“I got my left elbow on my seat on the carbon and then my right shoulder, I think I kind of fell into the padding there when I hit the wall,” Larson said. “My neck was just a little bit stiff, not too bad. The second day was probably a little bit worse, but it would have been way worse. Thankful that there are SAFER barriers and our team builds safe race cars.
“But, one of my harder hits for sure. I think we turned like 44 or 45 g’s (forces) with the hit, which I think numbers-wise is my biggest hit.”
Aside from the neck soreness, Larson was left with only a bruised right arm.
Thankfully this is all I got from my blown RF at Texas. ?? pic.twitter.com/qfbwgb1TT6
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) April 13, 2018
“I felt like Fontana a couple of years ago (2016, video below) hurt worse,” Larson said. “I hit more head-on. But they all hurt.”