Stewart-Haas Racing engineer DJ VanderLey suffered severe accidents throughout a race at a Texas filth observe on Sept. 22. His spouse, Jordan VanderLey, stated he has a spinal cord injury and suffered a number of fractured vertebrae. Stewart-Haas Racing added a decal on Riley Herbst’s automotive for Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Price to indicate assist for VanderLey.
VanderLey, 30, was injured throughout a micro dash Outlaw race on the Texas Motor Speedway’s filth observe. “He has a number of fractured vertebrae and has a spinal cord injury. We cannot know the extent of the harm till later,” Jordan wrote on Fb early Friday. “He has been in surgical procedure the previous seven hours, and pray the Lord is guiding the surgeon’s arms. We’re asking that you just raise our household in prayers for a miracle throughout this troublesome time.”
On Saturday, Jordan stated her husband was out of surgical procedure and it went properly, though his medical doctors stated it was “one of many worst” spinal accidents potential. “Individuals do heal and we consider in miracles, so we’re asking that you just proceed to raise him in your prayers as we pray for our miracle,” she wrote. “Daren Jon is the strongest particular person I do know so I am so hopeful.”
In one other replace on Sunday, Jordan thanked the racing neighborhood and their mates for his or her assist. VanderLey can now breathe on his personal, however he’s nonetheless on a ventilator. “He is proving he is able to have it out quickly. He’s experiencing some heavy swelling we ask that you just raise in prayer to go down,” Jordan added. “As soon as that swelling relieves he’ll be capable of tolerate a lot and proceed making progress.”
The VanderLey household’s mates have launched two GoFundMe fundraisers to assist pay for medical prices. One reached over $20,000, whereas the opposite handed $33,000. Each funds are nonetheless open.
VanderLey was NASCAR driver Chase Briscoe’s engineer for 4 years and they’re nonetheless shut mates. He advised NBC Sports activities he deliberate to go to his buddy within the hospital on Saturday. “I hate that it occurred to anyone… however for it to hit near dwelling has undoubtedly been powerful for me,” Briscoe stated. “I simply hope that everyone continues to hope. That is actually all we are able to do at this level, attempting to hope he will get higher.”
Stewart-Haas Racing despatched their ideas and prayers to VanderLay’s household Saturday. “As a consequence of HIPAA laws, Stewart-Haas Racing will not be permitted to launch additional particulars on VerderLay’s situation presently. Family and friends have established a GoFundMe to assist VerderLay,” the group stated. “The ideas of everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing are with VerderLay and his household throughout this troublesome time and all are praying for his restoration.”