UPDATE: U-1's Mike Allen recovering from injuries suffered in Detroit
Mike Allen has had better days. After the flip in Detroit, he had his hand x-rayed again and found out the screws already inside his hand had moved. But doctors determined it wasn't enough of a move to do any further surgery. The big worry at this point is infection.
That's a big part of what led to the decision by Mike Allen and the FormulaBoats.com team to give him a week off. "Running the backup boat," said Mike Weber, crew chief; "It's the perfect opportunity to heal hand before doing any permanent damage." So Allen will sit out and 21-year old Jimmy Shane will fill in as the driver of the team's back-up hull.
"This shows you how tight the boat racing community is," said Weber, describing Dave Villwock's visit to see Allen. "The first person who came to Mike was Dave Villwock. Dave had problems with his hand after his injury (in the Tri-Cities several years ago). He had advice for Mike on how to avoid infection and how he recovered."
The U-1 is in Seattle to get fixed. Weber says there's an outside chance it will be ready for Seattle. But will Mike Allen be ready? "If the boat's ready for Seattle, it would be tough to keep Mike Allen out of it," Weber said.
UPDATE: U-1's Mike Allen recovering from injuries suffered in DetroitMore>>
Some scary moments, but Doctors examined him and pronounced him in stable condition. He re-injured his arm, which already had a cast, six screws, and a metal plate in his wrist and thumb.More >>
Some scary moments, but Doctors examined him and pronounced him in stable condition. He is headed to the hospital for precautionary measures. He re-injured his arm, which already had a cast, six screws, and a metal plate in his wrist and thumb.More >>