Caruso Suffers Broken Left fibula after Crash at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Camrie Caruso is a third generation NHRA racer - Anne Proffit photo
Camrie Caruso is a third generation NHRA racer – Anne Proffit photo

Camrie Caruso is one of the bright stars in the next generation of Pro Stock overachievers. Now in her third year of competition in NHRA’s Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, the third generation racer returned to the site of her first professional victory, at Firebird Motorsports Park outside Phoenix, AZ. one that took place in 2023 and was intended to be the final race at this site.

Granted a reprieve, the show went on this year, with Pro Stock joined by Top Fuel, Funny Car, Congruity Pro Mod and a plethora of Lucas Oil Sportsman racers. There were some glitches on Friday, when track concerns halted qualifying for the door slammer set. That meant three qualifying sessions were on the docket for Saturday, together with four rounds of eliminations on Sunday. In the third session of Pro Stock qualifying, and sitting outside the eliminations ladder, Caruso needed to make a solid run to get into the 16-car field. Especially since there were 20 cars on the grounds looking to make that field.

On a solo pass down the quarter-mile track, she piloted her Aqua Prop/True Band/Big Jeff Audio Chevrolet Camaro through the lights but what occurred after took the driver – and everyone on the grounds – by surprise. Caruso’s gray racecar had its tires break away and she first crashed into the left wall of the track – well beyond the finish line – and then impacted the right guard wall. Caruso did climb from the wreck and was examined by trackside medical personnel, but was taken to a local hospital where the diagnosis of a broken fibula in her left leg emerged. She also has a possible sprained ankle.

Caruso smiles despite the news of her fractured left fibula – courtesy Camrie Caruso

Caruso, whose Camaro is prepared by KB Titan Racing, will be off the racing trail for a minimum of six weeks, according to her doctors, but is expected to make a full recovery. “First and foremost,” she said Sunday morning, “I want to thank the fans and everyone who has reached out to me for support. The NHRA community always rallies around one of its own and that’s something I’ve now experienced firsthand. The outpouring of support has been incredible.

“My return date is a little up in the air at the moment,” Caruso explained, “but I can’t wait to get back on the track and represent my incredible roster of partners aboard my Aqua prop/True Brand/Big Jeff Audio Chevy Camaro.”

Because of this accident, Camrie Caruso’s Camaro remained outside the top 16 and would not have been part of Sunday eliminations. After the Arizona NHRA Nationals, she remained tied, with Troy Coughlin Jr.,  for 12th place in the Pro Stock standings.

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Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

2 Comments on Caruso Suffers Broken Left fibula after Crash at NHRA Arizona Nationals

  1. I feel so sorry for sweet Camrie but also happy that it wasn’t more serious. To me it looked like the throttle stuck and caused her to careen across the track where the real damage was done. I hope she heals up well and can get back out there as soon as possible.
    She is a rising star in Pro Stock and will be at the top of the heap sooner than folks think. Sending my best wishes to you Camrie!!

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