CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson was “horsing around” on top of a moving golf cart when he fell off and broke his left wrist, his team told The Associated Press on Monday.
The version clarifies what happened during the celebrity tournament in Lecanto, Fla., one day after the initial account from Hendrick Motorsports implied that the Nextel Cup champion had fallen out of the cart.
Although Hendrick officials gave no details of the accident, Johnson released a statement that said he was “in” the cart when he fell out.
That account differed from one in Monday’s edition of The Citrus County (Fla.) Chronicle, which had a reporter at the Black Diamond Ranch who witnessed Johnson horsing around during the Mike Hampton Pitching In Celebrity tournament.
The newspaper said Johnson was sprawled across the top of the cart Friday as it headed toward the 16th hole when his playing partner hit a berm, throwing Johnson several feet.
Johnson was unavailable for comment Monday, but a spokeswoman for the driver confirmed he was on top of the cart when The AP asked for clarification.
The injury, which was to his non-shifting hand, will prevent him from driving for at least four weeks. He is expected to participate in preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway next month and should be fine for the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
Racing cars at high speeds has to make the men or women who do it feel almost invinvible. Johnson had to think he’d be safe on a golf cart. What’s life without a few crackups?
BTW I like this AP reporter. You don’t see the word ‘berm’ used too often.
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