Niece Motorsports driver Carson Hocevar has provided a major update. He announced that he had fractured his tibia in his right ankle and had to undergo surgery after a fall at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Hocevar met with members of the media on Friday, June 10 as the Camping World Truck Series drivers prepared for their first practice session at Sonoma Raceway since the 1998 season. He explained that he had no problems with the medical team’s reaction time after a crash on the last lap. Hocevar also appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and provided some insight into NASCAR’s practice permit.
“I sure broke my shin,” Hocevar told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “And they had to make a screw to basically hold it on my right ankle. They did that on Monday and on Tuesday I was back in the store trying to figure it out, whatever. That’s why I’m all the happier that I was able to come here today. They made me put on my suit, helmet, shoes — everything — hop on and off twice, and go through the approval process.”
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Niece Motorsports announced ahead of the trip to Sonoma Raceway that they had a backup plan in place should Hocevar not be allowed to compete. The team announced that Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez will serve as a backup driver for the California race weekend.
The Trackhouse Racing driver took the wheel of the #42 Chevrolet Silverado run by Niece Motorsports on June 10th. He took over the first shift during the 50-minute practice session at Sonoma Raceway. Hocevar then climbed into the entry with an ankle brace and did 10 straight laps of his own.
The two drivers put in some strong laps during the 50-minute session. Suarez ended the day with the seventh fastest lap in 81.543 seconds and 87.855 mph. However, Hocevar’s team said over the radio that he had the same pace as Christian Eckes, who ended the day with the best lap time.
“There are many plans, but none are set in stone,” Hocevar told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We have to do the training first. My only goal is to go as fast as possible, but at the same time it’s not what the rest of the team or the sponsors are doing… everyone wants me to take it easy.”
If Hocevar is able to compete at Sonoma Raceway as planned, he will have another opportunity to aim for a strong result in 2022. He has five top 10 finishes and three top 5 finishes, including consecutive runners-up on the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track and Darlington circuit.
Hocevar is currently in his second full-time season and has five career starts on the road. He has three top 10 finishes including both trips to the Circuit of the Americas. Hocevar’s third top 10 finish was at Watkins Glen International.
Another strong showing on the road course will be important for Hocevar considering he is eighth in the championship standings. He’s two places over the cutline with five races left in the regular season.
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