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Mar 15, 2002

Despite Massive Injuries From Daytona Crash, Renfrow Plans To Race Again

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Randy Renfrow is recovering at home from massive injuries suffered in a crash on March 1 at Daytona, during the F-USA/CCS weekend. Renfrow broke 18 bones in 23 places, including two bones in his right foot, the tibia and tibia plateau in his right leg, and 13 ribs. Renfrow suffered a concussion and also bruised both lungs, was spitting up so much blood (for a week) that his blood count dropped, and suffered nerve trauma that has resulted in the left side of his body tingling with no touch sensation on the outside of his left arm, although his range of motion and strength are OK.<BR><BR>Renfrow has already undergone surgery on his tibia and tibia plateau, and may undergo surgery on his foot.<BR><BR>But despite all that, Renfrow plans to return to racing, and said he hopes to "Just get fixed up and see what happens. I plan to ride some more, get fixed up and hope my arm comes around, hopefully I won't need any more surgery."<BR><BR>Renfrow isn't sure what happened in his crash, which occurred in the infield kink on the warm-up lap for the CCS 30-minute GTU race. "It would be speculation," Renfrow said. "I remember everything up to going into that corner, and I remember the rear end coming around and the thing starting to get into a highside tankslapper and then coming up over the bars. My first thought was, ‘Somebody tapped me,' but I don't know. I was starting on the 25th row, in the second wave, of a race I didn't plan to finish. I didn't intend to finish, so I wasn't charging real hard on the warm-up lap. I planned to just ride around for four or five laps and then pull in. It illustrates that it's pretty easy to get hurt in this game."<BR>