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Really bad news for a Friend of the Freaks.

Scott Speed2American rallycross champion driver Scott Speed is recovering in a Salt Lake City Hospital after a terrible accident Friday at a Nitro Circus Rallycross event at the Utah Motorsports Campus.

Early Saturday Scott told his Social Media community that he broke his back after landing hard in a qualifying heat. He said he destroyed his T6 vertebrae in his upper back and fractured three others in the accident. He said Friday night he was in a pretty dark place.

A race official who was trackside told me Scott overshot the small jump and missed the landing area. I’m told that Speed finished the heat, stopped the car, climbed out, took a step and collapsed on the track in pain.

Scott won three rallycross titles in four years with Andretti Autosport. He was leading this year’s ARX standings by five points over former VW teammate Tanner Foust. It could be months before Speed gets back in a car for competition.