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Please Pray for Justin Imhoff - 8x

Discussion in 'Desert Racing' started by kim, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. kim

    kim Rescue 3

    Jan 28, 2008
    Where you race
    This is taken from the District 37 forums. Justin is the young man on Honda B team that crashed hard on Thursday night. Lots of thanks go out to the good folks like Ricky Johnson and Pinnard who stopped and stayed with Justin. Justin has been part of D-37 since he was just a little kid. We have all watched him grow up and grow into the phenomenal racer he is today. Please pray for his recovery.

    Saturday November 20th 7 am
    Well obviously this is not the message i hoped to write at the end of our trip, but life, especially life as a racer, sometimes throws curves at you. I will try not to ramble on but i wanted to update you all a little.

    First off, we had an awesome week of pre running and hanging out together, which as any dad will tell you, is the greatest part of being a dad. Justin ran his section many times (mostly with Morgan cuz i cant go fast enough!) and felt really comfortable. He never even mentioned the area that he crashed as a concern. He got to meet and compare course notes with Ricky Johnson (strange coincidence) who is absolutely the most outstanding man i think i have ever met.

    Come race day we had a long wait at the hotel. Justin and i talked a lot (not just that day) about riding in baja, and how you just cant crash, there is ho help for you etc etc. He told me he was a little concerned about cows on the course cuz he had seen several while night pre running but no big deal. By the time he got on the bike, we knew he was in second, no real chance for first, and nobody to worry about behind him. Timmy had light probs and flats and told J to just bring it home for the championship.

    I doubt we will ever know what happened after that, he only went about 15 miles. I ended up getting to the crash site to get him. It was a really rocky (loose and buried) road where the edges of the road were lined with rock from being graded over time. I later asked Morgan how fast they were going over that section cuz i knew i would have just picked my way through it and he said "pretty fast, just let the bike dance a little" so im sure J was going at a decent clip, maybe even pushing it too hard to impress his new team and team boss, even though Johnny told him a hundred times he didn't need to impress anyone, he is a 17 yr old kid after all, and his life was about racing.

    I won't bore you with the unbelievable trek it took to get him to La Paz (my bro's customer, Drew Belk, class 5 racer removed seats from his turbo prop and flew us to la paz for a better hospital) Johnny was working like crazy to get a flight but the life flight could not leave ensenada due to fog so stabilizing him was the best option. la paz was a good hospital, did lots of test said he looked ok, but he would not wake up, and i knew he was not right. we spent the next several hours waiting for the flight, and things just don't go as quickly down there until i could finally get him back. the flight crew put him out and ventilated him and now he is at ucsd hospital.

    Not much else to report right now, they are trying to figure out why he won't respond, no brain swelling, no obvious signs of damage, possibly a lack of oxygen when he first crashed but who knows, i know that is a great hospital and he is a tough kid so we'll just go with that for now. i talked to Ricky and he was real upset about the whole deal, he said he saw J ride pre running and how talented he was. I am so thankful for him and Pinnard (sp?) stopping and helping him.

    Thanks for all the. calls and texts, sorry i cant respond to very many, but the support of this racing community is unbelievable. You can visit if you want, but can't guarantee you can get in to see him, but he's not alert anyways so maybe later is better. ill update in a few days maybe, thanks all

    Doug Imhof
    Mechanic of #1x, 2010

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2010
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  2. Waldo

    Waldo Safehouse

    May 15, 2001
    Ladera Ranch, CA
    Prayers have been said...Godspeed Justin's recovery!
  3. 4x4nutz

    4x4nutz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Prayers sent, and more on the way......
  4. randy68

    randy68 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chino Hills, Cal.
    Wow, what gut wrenching news.......
  5. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay PRINCESS

    Dec 11, 2006
    Crandon, WI & Flagstaff, AZ
    Prayers sent from Crandon, Wisconsin.
  6. Dirtworks Films

    Dirtworks Films Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Stay strong my brutha...
  7. xjchaser

    xjchaser Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Father God we lift Justin up to you in prayer, Lord we ask for the Holy Spirit to annoint Justin his family the Doctors and medical staff that are involved in this complete healing. Lord guide the doctors hands give him supernatural vision and clearity to see the problem and perform the correct procedure to cure the condition. Father we ask you to use this moment for your purpose and make it perfectly clear to all involed that your devine intervention took place. I pray all would see and feel the mighty hand of God, Lord touch them all and let this situation bring all your children closer to you. Calm and comfort Justin and his family hold them tightly in your loving arms as the complete recovery takes place.

    Through our precious Lord and Saviour your son Jesus I pray...Amen
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  8. REEVESRacing

    REEVESRacing Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    Encinitas, CA
    Thanks for the update, so sorry to hear of these challenges, sending prayers.

    Heard this on WM, heartbreaking, and been there in Mex, time just stops. RJ is special, ck'd up on my young daughter n I at dusk in middle of nowhere Baja...

    You guys are so lucky to share this, hope to see you racing together soon.
  9. DNR pit crew

    DNR pit crew Active Member

    Apr 1, 2010
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    prayers from Double Nickel Racing. Our thoughts are with Justin and his family and hope for a full recovery
  10. deano

    deano McDeano

    Aug 15, 2005
    Oceanside and San Clemente, Cali
    prayers go out to the entire Imhof family, if any thing, age is on young Justin's side ---- hang in there JH ......
  11. fusionoffroad

    fusionoffroad Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Canyon Lake , CA. Aha Quinn CA
    prayers from Fusion OFF-Road, get well soon brother
  12. Roice

    Roice Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Las Vegas, NV/SLC, UT
    Prayers sent for a quick recovery.
  13. Mathis

    Mathis Member

    May 5, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Prayers sent for a speedy recovery.
  14. Vtr_Racing

    Vtr_Racing Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2001
    Thanks for the update Kim, I posted in the bike section same type of info. Ill leave it just in case. Prayers sent to the Imhoff family and friends.
  15. djdrew8

    djdrew8 Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    Thoughts and prayers sent to whole family. God Speed!
  16. kim

    kim Rescue 3

    Jan 28, 2008
    Where you race
    Steve "Chappy" Hanson stopped by the hospital today and prayed with the family. We all know that Steve has been witness to many miracles. I feel better knowing Justin has "Chappy" on his side.

    Thanks Steve.
  17. 450grl

    450grl Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Chandler, AZ
    Thoughts and prayers go out from Weller Racing for a fellow racer.......please keep the updates coming and your hopes up!!
  18. harleys dad

    harleys dad Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Murrieta Ca
    Doug I cannot imagine the hurt you are going threw as a father rite now Keep strong!
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  19. RacerX1

    RacerX1 Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    Thank you Chappy and Kim! The ImHof family are a wonderful family. They are all very close and this is just so tough on all of them. Justin is a great great kid with so much determination. Thank you for praying for our friend and member of our huge off-road family. WE LOVE YOU JUSTIN!!!
  20. worcs761

    worcs761 Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Lord please care for young J and allow our prayers to pull a dusty tear off to clear the trail ahead. God bless your son.
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