Get Well Soon, Vincent!
Team M4 EMGO Suzuki, along with the entire racing community, wishes Vincent Haskovec well. Vincent faces a long road ahead. We'll keep you informed of Vincent's progress.
To all of Vincent's fans who have sent letters and emails, your words of support and hope have been overwhelming and very positively received by Vincent. Keep 'em coming! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to send letters and packagesVincent Haskovec
c/o Team Hammer
P.O. Box 183
Wildomar, CA 92595
Whatís Happening With Vincent Haskovec?
Racer Vincent Haskovec, a 31-year-old Czech immigrant who settled in Lake Elsinore, California, suffered spinal injuries and was paralyzed from the chest down when he crashed and hit a wall during an AMA Formula Xtreme motorcycle road race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on May 14, 2005. After spending four days in a local trauma center where he underwent surgery to stabilize his spine, Haskovec was transferred to Santa Clara Medical Center in San Jose, California. Haskovec was released from ICU to begin rehabilitation, but last fall had to return to the hospital for more surgery after a dangerous infection set in.
Vincent had to restart the recovery process after the second set of surgeries, which removed the original hardware the doctors installed to support his spine. Vincent has worked hard since then and continues to progress and still has the same positive outlook he always has adopted.
As you might imagine, Haskovecís medical bills are astronomical and only 70% is covered by his medical insurance. He faces a long rehabilitation and will have to find a new way to make a living, since he worked in construction before he became a professional racer. Fundraising efforts are being coordinated by the Red Flag Fund, Inc. a 501(3) c non-profit dedicated to helping injured road racers. Vincent can be contacted via e-mail, email@example.com and updates on his condition can be seen at www.teamhammer.com.
There are several ways you can directly help Vincent
Help Vincent with medical costs
Please give your tax-deductible donation to The Red Flag Fund, a non-profit organization that helps injured racers.
Important: When donating, you must specify that the funds are for Vincent.
If you prefer to mail your donation, mail it to:
Red Flag Fund Inc.
W250 N7787 Hillside Ln
Sussex, WI 53089
Help prevent injuries at the racetrack
Donations in Honor of Vincent Haskovec can be made to the Roadracing World Action Fund online. If you prefer to mail your donation, mail it to:
Roadracing World Action Fund
P.O. Box 1428
Lake Elsinore CA 92530
"Get Well Vincent" decals
To receive a "Get Well Vincent" decal, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
P.O. Box 183
Wildomar, CA 92595
Haskovec Injured At Infineon
Team M4 EMGO Suzukiís Vaclav ďVincentĒ Haskovec, 31, was seriously injured in a high-speed single-bike crash at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California during Saturdayís AMA Formula Xtreme race. After he lost control and was flung from his racebike at over 100 mph, Haskovec flew back-first into a steel barrier fronted by a stack of car tires, and then was struck by his motorcycle.
Haskovec suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a punctured lung and a shattered T6 vertebra, with paralysis below the chest.
On Monday night, May 16, surgeons inserted hardware designed to stabilize the broken section of his spine, and removed bone fragments from his spinal cord. Haskovec is now recovering at a rehabilitation facility and his long-term prognosis is unknown.
The team has set up an e-mail account to receive messages for Vincent, firstname.lastname@example.org, and more than 2000 e-mails have arrived so far. The flood of e-mails sent from all corners of the world continues to be a source of comfort for Vincent, his family and his close friends.
While some parts of the Infineon road course featured soft barriers designed to absorb impact, there were no soft barriers placed in front of the tire wall and steel barrier Haskovec hit. Following his crash, soft barriers were deployed in front of the barrier.
The entire Team M4 EMGO Suzuki crew thanks fans for their support of Vincent, and urges racetrack operators and motorcycle sanctioning bodies to focus on pro-actively placing soft barriers not just in front of walls that motorcycle racers have hit, but instead, in front of walls racers may hit.
Additional information on Haskovecís condition will be released as it becomes available.