Marcus Gronholm, injured in a freak practice accident during the Global RallyCross (GRC) competition in last weekend's X Games in Los Angeles is leaving the Los Angeles hospital where he's been treated since hitting an exposed concrete post immediately following the table ramp on the closed course on Saturday of last week.
Gronholm sustained multiple internal injuries and has completed recovery to the doctors' satisfaction, enabling him to leave the hospital.
The Finn will remain in California for the balance of the weekend with his family before making plans to return home and continue recuperation.
He is being withheld from next weekend's GRC competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as a precautionary measure; his Ford Fiesta would not have been ready for competition after this huge accident.
At this time the physicians that have cared for Gronholm are advising a period of good rest, after which the driver will focus on returning to full physical fitness with training at his home in Finland.
"I was extremely frustrated to not be able to contest the X Games," he said as he left hospital, "more so because I believed my preparations were excellent. As Sebastien (Loeb, eventual winner) had come to race, I was extra hungry to perform--of course--and I went into the vent with a really positive feeling. So yes, it was very annoying that it ended the way it did, but perhaps Sebastien will consider a rematch some day?"
The GRC points leader thanked the emergency crews and the staff at the hospital that aided his recovery. "It is not until you need this kind of skill and care that you realize how brilliant the medical profession is," Gronholm said. "I cannot praise them highly enough for fixing me up."
He was also grateful for the messages "of support and goodwill that have in such numbers been truly unexpected--from close friends and family of course--but also from fans around the world. This kind of support has been amazing and has inspired my recovery, so I must extend to everyone my sincere thanks and gratitude. My family has been amazing. My children and my son-in-law were here in LA with me and haven't left my side since the accident.
"My wife has traveled out from Finland to be with me and I could not have asked any more from any of them," he continued. "Of course discussion of the next race has been going on, but it's one step at a time for the moment," Gronholm confirmed. "The first step is to get home and get fully fit - then I'll go from there."