The Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Team considers itself a family, which probably is one of the reasons it has been so successful reports Tom Jacobs from the News Leader.
The team that has won 8 world powerboat championships, received the news that Rusty Ward, one of its transportation specialists was seriously injured in a road traffic accident, it shook up the organisation from top to bottom.
Ward, 44 and his twin brother, Dusty, were driving up the I-81 in separate lorries, transporting the team’s Miss GEICO racing boat and other equipment from Atlanta to New York for the New York Boat Show.
Scott Colton, team manager for Miss GEICO Racing, said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rusty and Dusty, and their families, and we’re just hoping we can get through this.
Colton said doctors at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where Ward was airlifted to on Monday, finally stabilised his condition on Tuesday. Colton said that needed to be done before Ward’s injuries could be treated, and it turns out those injuries are significant.
Ward needed extensive surgery for facial injuries, said Colton. He added that both of Ward’s wrists are broken, he has a fractured sternum and broken ribs, but his most serious injuries are to his back, which is broken in two places.
They are worried about paralysis, but they couldn’t address that until after he was stabilised.
Based in Riviera Beach, Florida, and founded in 2005, Miss GEICO Racing has won numerous national and world titles. Racing everything from powerboats and jet-skis to motorcycles and airplanes, the team also holds several world speed records.
The Ward brothers have been with the team for over 10 years and and oversee the maintenance of all the transport vehicles and trailers.
Main Photo: The truck and trailer owned by the Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Team by Brad Zinn / The News Leader