Praying for Ryan's recovery. That wreck almost immediately gave me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach like I haven't felt during a race in a long time. Glad to hear his injuries are not life-threatening, but the continued lack of any real updates leaves me concerned for how bad the injuries are. Given the hits to the roof of the car, you worry about the severity of head and neck injuries. Here's hoping he can make a recovery for a full life, whether or not he can return to driving again someday.
As for the manufacturer thoughts...Even as a long time die-hard fan of the sport, who thoroughly believes in its roots being in the southeast, I have no problem with Toyota being part of the sport. I'm a longtime GM/Chevy guy even though I'm currently stuck rooting for my guy driving a F**d nowadays, but the reality is that, for the health of the sport, we need more manufacturer support, not less. There's only three options for domestic support: GM, Ford, and Chrysler/Dodge, with the latter being a bit fuzzy, given the FCA partnership. FCA doesn't seem all that enthused over a return for Dodge, and I'm not sure Chevy and Ford could prop up the whole series by themselves, long-term.
I may not root for them (especially the 18 ) but Toyota support of the sport is solid, and I feel like others are on the horizon once the Nextgen car comes along. There's been some pretty solid rumblings of interest from Hyundai/Kia and possibly Honda as well. I'm just thankful the interest of the sport is still there to help keep it alive and viable.
I didn't process how bad it actually was while watching. Grown so accustomed to these guys getting out and walking away after a bad wreck, then giving an interview dissing the guy who wrecked them. This was a reality check just how dangerous racing can be.