By AMANDA VINCENT
Nick Krizmanich, a backup tire changer at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Chip Ganassi Racing, had open-heart surgery on March 29. The surgery was reported by Pittalks.com and then confirmed by the race team.
Krizmanich told Pittalks.com that the surgery was the result of an aortic insufficiency that was discovered during a physical. Through the surgery, his main aortic valve in his heart was replaced. The valve he was born with did not close properly.
Krizmanich began his racing career as a volunteer for a few race teams before joining the Sprint Cup Series team of 2010 Rookie of the Year Kevin Conway. He then moved on to Joe Gibbs Racing, where he worked on the No. 11 Cup team of Denny Hamlin in 2011. Krizmanich also worked at Team Penske Racing on the No. 2 team of Brad Keselowski before making the move to Chip Ganassi Racing. Last year, he was on the No. 42 pit crew for driver Kyle Larson.
A GoFundMe page has been established to assist with Krizmanich’s medical expenses.
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