A GoFundMe account has been set up to help offset medical expenses for Gus Dean’s pit crew member Jon House, now resting at home from a concussion and other injuries when struck on pit road during last Friday’s ARCA race at Pocono Raceway.
House was cleared to go home Monday, three days after a brake line failure left Dean’s car unable to stop in time during an early pit stop at the ModSpace 150.
“Home sweet home,” House told his Twitter followers after arriving back at his residence north of Charlotte.
The jack operator suffered two small brain bleeds after his head struck the pavement, cracking his helmet upon impact. He also suffered a broken toe, bruised tailbone and multiple bruises.
Though a portion of House’s medical expenses will be picked up by ARCA and medical insurance, the GoFundMe account notes there remain “many expenses such as travel and missing work where donations will be greatly beneficial.”
The account set a goal of $20,000; a little over $3,200 had been raised by Tuesday evening. Both Dean and team owner Mason Mitchell have encouraged their Twitter followers to contribute.
House, 29, and tire changer Pedro Martinez were sent flying when Dean’s No. 98 Chevrolet couldn’t slow in time and continued through his pit stall.
House stayed on the pavement for several minutes while track medics attended to him. He eventually walked to a waiting ambulance, where he was examined at the track’s infield care center and sent to the hospital.
Martinez stayed down only a few seconds before hobbling away, eventually getting checked and released from the infield facility.