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Racer/Team Owner Kyle Wyman is planning to have surgery on
Tuesday, July 8, just days before he will try to compete in two classes in
back-to-back AMA Pro Road Race events July 11-13 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
and July 19-20 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“I think I’ve got some scar tissue breaking up from when I
broke my [right] leg in 2009 at Daytona,” Wyman told Roadracingworld.com
Thursday. “This will be my 10th operation on this leg. It’s been
hardware in and out and all of this stuff. I think it’s finally to the point of
a fine tune, clean up some stuff and I should be fine. I think it’s a good sign
that this stuff is starting to break up and I’m going to have some mobility
where it needs to be.”
Wyman plans to have surgery at the hands of Dr. Maury
Harwood at the South Valley Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
Center, in Morgan Hill, California, just north of Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca. But the proximity of Dr. Harwood’s practice to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
had nothing to do with the timing of the procedure.
“It’s just working out that I’m going to be racing near him.
If I was racing in Daytona next week I would still have to do it [now],” said
Wyman. “I have floating fragments, and every once in a while they will actually
stop my leg from bending. They will get in the way like a door jamb, so they
have to come out.”
Wyman said the procedure will be minimally-invasive, but it
will still complicate his efforts in racing his Kyle Wyman Racing/Millennium
Technologies Yamaha in the Daytona SportBike class and his XR1200 in the Harley-Davidson
“It’s gonna be tough, but I’m going to be thinking of my
grandfather [Harvey C. Rousseau, who passed away June 26, 2014],” said Wyman. “He
was a tough man.”
Instead of his normal competition number 33, Wyman has
received special permission to race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the
number 11, his grandfather’s NASCAR competition number when he started racing
in the late-1940s.