Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

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Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#1 Post by C J Murray » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:15 pm

I understand that Leonard crashed at Rennsport and is recovering from some moderately bad injuries so we should all send him best wishes. I hear that the car rolled over so that must be a mess also. Maybe somebody that was there can add to the story.

Leonard, get well soon!
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#2 Post by Mark Pribanic » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:20 pm

Hadn't heard this & I was at the event. What was he racing?
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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#3 Post by Brad Ripley » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:29 pm

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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#4 Post by Vic Skirmants » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:26 pm

He was ahead of me so I didn't see it, but the dust was just settling as I went by.

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#5 Post by John Brooks » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:52 pm

I did not see the mishap, but he rolled it, in the gravel in turn two. I was in Don Bells pits playing renndienst. The Marshall said it had some serious right front suspension damage. They got the car off and into a building pretty quick. Lenard was off to the hospital with a couple small fractures one upper neck, lower back and sternum. He was bitching to get out of the hospital three hours later, but they kept him overnight. I spoke to his wife after the car was back in the trailer. He should be OK. Car I am not to sure, but I was told he will fix it.
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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#6 Post by PaulLima » Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:34 am

Leonard is still in the hospital in Salinas, and would appreciate hearing from friends. Use the Shasta Design website phone number.

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#7 Post by Vic Skirmants » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:25 am

Thanks, Paul. Will do.

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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#8 Post by Jay Broemmel » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:27 am

It was actually turn one. I had just come across the bridge at start/finish. Heard the skid and looked up just as he was getting sideways in the gravel. Rolled over onto the passenger side, then came down pretty hard on the top. Ended up right side up facing east. He didn’t move for a good 30-45 seconds. Pretty scary. His head started moving a bit right before the track crew got there. I don’t know what your roll bar set up is CJ, but I would definitely recommend making it at least taller than the top of your helmet. Looked like his was not. Maybe it was originally set up for a shorter driver. J

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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#9 Post by C J Murray » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:41 am

Jay, thanks for the update. I just looked at a side shot of him in the car and he is below the bar but not by too much. Most regulations say 2" minimum but I have never been checked by tech. Also, even tight belts let you move quite a bit during a crash. Crashing with a Hans Device on is a very strange feeling as the device tugs back and forth on your flailing head. Was he wearing a Hans does anybody know? Are they required there?
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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#10 Post by Vic Skirmants » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:43 am

Hans device is not required out there.

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#11 Post by C J Murray » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:53 am

Vic Skirmants wrote:Hans device is not required out there.
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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#12 Post by PaulLima » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:50 pm

Leonard had his HANS on as he always has since it became available. He does sit below roll bar but as Cliff says, one does move around even with tight 6 point belts.

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#13 Post by Mike Smith » Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:28 pm

I think that our thoughts should be with Leonard, his wife and family, at this time
The above comments do not appear to reflect the current situation

I am the other side of the pond but as I understand it, he is currently in intensive care and in an induced coma
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Re: Leonard Turnbaugh Rennsport Crash

#14 Post by C J Murray » Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:44 pm

I had no idea!
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#15 Post by John Brooks » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:09 pm

I got this on the 8th, nothing since

My dad, Leonard, is unfortunately still in the hospital at this time. While he is pretty busted up we are thankful that he is expected to make a full recovery with time.

Thank you for checking in,
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