Scott Pruett Defying the Odds
The crash was horrific. His injuries were gruesome. Doctors doubted whether Scott Pruett would walk again let alone drive a race car. Yet on Sunday, twenty-four years after suffering debilitating injuries while testing an Indy Car, Scott Pruett celebrated victory in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring.
Pruett was a rising star of the Indy Car circuit when a loose screw led to brake failure and a head on crash during a pre-season test session. It took workers ninety minutes to cut Pruett out of the wreckage. Once extricated, his feet were mangled and his legs shattered. Prior to the accident, Pruett had been one of the fittest drivers in the series. His dedication to fitness and training became a key part of his rehab. His quest to return to racing led Pruett to Keiser.
Pruett recognized the benefits of Keiser’s pneumatic resistance and following a year-long rehabilitation effort returned to the sport. To those familiar with the drive within Scott Pruett, overcoming such a significant obstacle was not a surprise still they, like every other observer, can’t help but consider Scott Pruett’s success to be a remarkable success story.
Five times Pruett has been part of the winning driving team at the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has amassed three SCCA season titles and twice has earned the driving championship of the IMSA series.
Two weeks shy of his fifty-fourth birthday, Pruett teamed with co-drivers Marino Franchitti and Memo Rojas to win one of sports car racing’s most prestigious events, the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Fitness is still an integral part of Scott Pruett’s life. He’s built a dream house in Northern California, complete with a workout room. A minimum of an hour a day is devoted to training and twenty-four years after it helped him return to racing, Keiser remains a focal point of that dedication that keeps Scott Pruett celebrating on the victory stand.