Shane Hmiel was injured Saturday night at Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana. (David E. Heithaus Photo)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — USAC standout Shane Hmiel was critically injured in a qualifying crash Saturday night for the USAC Silver Crown Series Sumar Classic 100 at the Terre Haute Action Track.
According to a USAC statement Hmiel, 30, was transported from Terre Haute via helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he is listed in critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“We are very concerned about Shane and offer our resources and our support to his family during this time of healing,” said USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller.
Hmiel started his racing career in NASCAR and made 117 starts in NASCAR’s three major touring divisions before being suspended for life as a result multiple failed drug tests.
After coming to grips with his problems the North Carolina native made his move to USAC, earning his first victory in USAC-sanctioned victory during a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series event Iowa Speedway last season.
This year Hmiel has victories in each of USAC’s national touring divisions (sprint car, midget and Silver Crown).
National Speed Sport News will update this story as information becomes available.