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Team Penske tire changer recovering at home with leg injury; out for Kentucky

Zach Price, rear tire changer for the No. 12 Team Penske Ford of Ryan Blaney, continues the recovery process following a leg injury sustained early in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Zach Price continues to recover at home from a lower left leg injury sustained following Sunday’s pit road incident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Curtis Thompson will serve as rear tire changer for the No. 12 this weekend at Kentucky,” Team Penske announced in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

A pit-road pileup on Lap 15 halted the 160-lap NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2.5-mile speedway after several cars created a road block at the entrance of pit road. Price was struck while changing right-side tires on the No. 12 Team Penske Ford when the No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet of Brennan Poole was pushed into Blaney’s car.

Price was show on camera giving a thumbs-up and a smile to the rest of his No. 12 team crew members while being loaded onto an ambulance via stretcher. After a visit to the infield care center, Price was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation before flying home with the rest of the team.

Blaney finished 32nd in Sunday’s race after a crash in Stage 2 forced him to retire from the race.