To set the stage, Katie was practicing for the "Better Half Dash" on Oct. 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In that race, drivers will go 25 laps on a quarter-mile track at the speedway. They'll be driving bandoleros, which are in effect souped-up go-karts with full, enclosed bodies. The cars can hit speeds as high as 70 mph and are designed for entry-level drivers, often kids as young as 8 years old.
Matt Kenseth took the photo of his wife there at right prior to the practice, joking on Twitter that there was "no sign of Danica [Patrick]'s husband." Others scheduled to participate include the wives and significant others of Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Casey Mears, Michael McDowell and David Ragan.
During practice, Katie Kenseth apparently took a sharp turn and hit what is usually the pit road wall. Photos taken at the scene by a local news crew showed Matt Kenseth rushing to her wrecked car and removing her helmet. Emergency crews loaded her onto a stretcher; she was soon treated and released from a local hospital.
"That didn't turn out so well," Kenseth later wrote on Twitter. "Katie and I are home, she has a broken scapula [shoulder blade] and some bumps and bruises."
As for Katie's future in racing? Kenseth addressed that too:
"She said that was the shortest racing career in history!"
- Matt Kenseth