Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Stock car racing is easy - but watch out for those golf carts!

This weekend, Nextel Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson took a spill from a golf cart and fractured his wrist in the process. The incident happened at a celebrity charity golf tournament in Lecanto, Florida.

In his official story he claimed that he "was in a golf cart and the driver took a sharp turn... I wasn't holding on tight enough, landed awkwardly on the ground and heard a little pop."

As it turns out, he was in fact ON the golf cart when that driver took a sharp turn. I guess golf cart driving isn't quite as exciting as NASCAR racing. Yep, "horsing around" on the roof of the cart, according to his team.

Don't fall off, Jimmie!

It is the off-season for NASCAR, so he'll have plenty of time to heal before he has to compete again. However, the much celebrated driver of the Lowe's car won't be able to participate in the all-star, international "Race of Champions" in Paris this coming Saturday.

Maybe Jimmie should stick with this golf cart next time.

I bet his teammates and competitors aren't going to let him forget this mishap for awhile.

It kind of makes me think that driving a stock car must be relatively easy. I mean heck, I drive golf carts all the time and have never had a single incident. No crashes, no injuries, nothing. I bet if I had a huge corporate team behind me that designed a winning car, I could get strapped in to that baby with all the protective gear and drive that thing to victory! Need a sub in Paris, Jimmie?

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patricia said...

I can sort of relate to Jimmie (unfortunately). I've used some pretty bad judgement in golf carts. I don't know why... they just bring that out in me. Fortunately I've never been injured - and I'm stopping all that now. New Year's Res.

Do you know where I can get the toy cart, BTW?

Golfchick said...

E-bay, among other places. It's called the PGA Tour Golf Cart Rocker by Kidkraft.
E-bay link