For many racers, the offseason is a time to refresh equipment and prepare for a new year of competition. Trevor Sanborn’s offseason has been longer and more complicated than most after a health scare last fall.
The Maine driver will take part in the Easter Bunny 150 weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, his first racing action since a two-week trip to the hospital last year, which included nine days in intensive care.
After having difficulty breathing, Sanborn went to the hospital and discovered just how serious his issues were.
“When I got in there, they finally got me on a breathing thing because I couldn’t breathe on my own. I had double pneumonia, but I got the double pneumonia from MRSA. I think the MRSA poisoned my blood and it’s called sepsis. Somehow all of that caused the double pneumonia. It was a wild ride for the first three days.
“It was a difficult time. I had a PICC line in my arm and had to take two hours of vancomycin in the morning, sit still and take two hours at night. I had to do that for six weeks. I did get a chance to get out and go hunting. I couldn’t walk very far, but I would walk at my own pace, take breaks and do what I could do.”
Naturally, getting back behind the wheel has been on Sanborn’s mind ever since he left the hospital. However, the road to recovery has been more strenuous than he hoped, making for an even longer offseason.
“When I got out of the hospital I was wanting to go racing up to Oxford because I think there was one more race left at the end of that. I just couldn’t do it. I got winded if I walked 20 feet. It takes some exercise to drive a race car with all the g-forces and stuff. That wasn’t going to work out for me.
“This offseason has been a long offseason. The reason we’re going to Hickory is because I want to race before it starts up here, because it’s always later up here.”
Sanborn admits there are still times where the complications from his health scare still impact him.
“I was really worried if I was ever going to be able to run around or anything again because I got so winded. My lungs still hurt, every time I yawn or anything it’s sharp pains, but they say it takes time.
“Even now if I horse around with my son, he’s only one and half, but even if I horse around with him for two minutes, I’m breathing a little more than a normal person would that has good functioning lungs.”
Now, the focus turns towards a busy weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway on April 2-3, competing in both PASS Super Late Model 150-lap features.
“I hope we all survive the first race, that’s for sure. I’m pretty excited. I haven’t been down there in a while. I’ve ran Hickory seven or eight times and have always run well. We’ve had a few good runs down there.
“I like the place, it’s nice to get out of the state and enjoy something different. We got a bunch of friends down there, too. It’s a family thing, friends and family. The whole family is going to go down with us and it should be a lot of fun.”
Sanborn will be taking the same car he added to his stable last year, which won at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the Boss Hogg 150 at Wiscasset Speedway and finished in the top 10 at the Oxford 250.
“We sold our old car and we went and bought one of Reid Lanpher’s cars, which is a Distance car. Right out of the gate, we won the race at Beech Ridge that was 75 laps. Then we skipped two weeks, went back and won the next one.
“I think I ran White Mountain and we had a tire go down. We finished eighth in the Oxford 250, but we run fourth to seventh all day in the 250. We had some really good luck with the new car we got.”
Race fans unable to attend the Easter Bunny 150s will be able to watch live on Speed51.TV. Click here to order your video ticket today.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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