According to the Facebook page set up to keep people updated on Hmiel's recovery, Hmiel was scheduled to undergo an angioplasty on Tuesday in case he needed a stint for his carotid artery. The Facebook page also said that Hmiel was able to move both arms on command Tuesday morning.
Hmiel's car got on two wheels in turns 3 and 4 of his qualifying lap and rolled, slamming into the wall. The impact even bent the rollcage severely. (Video of the crash looks to be available via Google, but the YouTube video is listed as private.)
Hmiel was suspended from NASCAR for life in 2006 for failing three drug tests. His father, Steve, is the competition director for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing and was not at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Shane and the Hmiel family.
- Shane Hmiel