It has been a busy three weeks for 3R Racing. On the heals of the good news that their new Corvette Z06, built from scratch in 21 days, was ready for its first test at Mazda Raceway, 3R Racing received some not so good news regarding their driver Phil McClure, of Floris, Iowa.
"We found out Tuesday that I couldn't run." McClure said describing not being medically cleared to race.
McClure, who sustained a concussion as the result of a multi-car accident at Road America Aug. 3, was not medically cleared to race by his physician Doctor Ian Levinson, of Centennial, Colo., and SCCA Pro Racing's Doctor Ron Krome, of Detroit.
"I took a pretty good shot to the head," McClure said. "I went to my doctor about a week and a half after the accident. He (Levinson) said a concussion is essentially a brain bruise. I wasn't having any symptoms at the time. I could've had dizziness, headaches, balance problems and things like that. But, I had no problems once I got home and rested."
His doctor proceeded to tell him that his concussion would take six to nine weeks to heal. The problem for McClure was that he only had four weeks until this weekend's race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Levinson and McClure agreed to schedule an MRI for Friday, Aug. 29 to further evaluate McClure's condition. The results from the MRI were sent Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Levinson in Colorado. After Levinson had the opportunity to review the scans, he told McClure that he had to recommend that he not race.