Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roush released from hospital

Jack Roush was released Wednesday from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he spent two weeks recuperating from injuries suffered in a plane crash last month, team officials said in a release.

It is not known when Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of Roush Performance, will return to the track, according to the statement.

“I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and concern I have received the past two weeks,” Roush said in the release. “Our teams and drivers have not missed a beat in my absence, and I am proud of the effort they have put forth. I look forward to rejoining them at the track soon.”

Roush underwent surgery for facial lacerations he sustained July 27, when the plane he was piloting crashed upon landing in Oshkosh, Wis. Roush was able to walk away from the crash, but photos from the scene showed him with a bloodied face.

The crash was the second for Roush in the last eight years. In 2002, Roush crashed a plane into an Alabama lake and nearly drowned before a former Marine who lived nearby came to his rescue.

The once highly visible team owner has been missed at the track. For the past two race weekends, all of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide cars in the Roush Fenway Racing stable were fitted with decals that said, "Get back to the track, Jack!"

The decals are still available for purchase to the general public, according to Roush Fenway Racing's Facebook page. Cost is $5 plus tax. All proceeds will go to Speedway Children's Charities in Roush's name. To order, call 704-720-4350.

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Photo: Jason Smith/Getty Images

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