Tidaback Remains Hospitalized In Critical Condition

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Mike Tidaback remains in critical condition at a New Jersey hospital following a TQ midget crash last month. (Renee Tidaback photo)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Veteran TQ Midget driver Mike Tidaback remains in critical condition from a head injury and related complications suffered in a crash during the Atlantic City Indoor Races at Boardwalk Hall on Jan. 26.

On the night of the crash, Tidaback was attended to at the track by the on-site Indoor Auto Racing Series safety team, then transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. He is currently a patient in the Trauma/Critical Care Unit at that facility.

Tidaback’s wife Renee confirmed the extent of his ongoing physical complications.

“He was unconscious immediately after the accident, then in and out of consciousness that night due to massive bleeding on the brain,” said Renee Tidaback. “He also suffered blockage in the main artery in the neck that required an operation to clear a blood clot.

“Mike was in a coma, from which he woke up from after two weeks,” she continued. “However, he cannot breathe on his own, and is being assisted by a breathing apparatus; and is paralyzed on the right side. There is still massive bleeding on the brain. He has opened his eyes; but there is limited brain activity. We do not know the full extent at this time.”

Tidaback has always made safety for himself and fellow racers a priority.

“He’s a good, clean and safe driver. Mike was always about safety and carefully checked everything over,” reflected Renee Tidaback. “That included the car’s setup, before and after each time he went on or off the track to double check. He planned months in advance for this Boardwalk Hall event, with checklists.”

Tidaback has always been a fan favorite in the TQs since beginning his career in the late 1980s at Pine Brook Speedway, with many wins in the years that followed at his home track Wall Stadium and on the circuit. He was the ATQMRA series champion in 1996 and 1997, as well as co-champion with Don Adams in 2005.

In 2008, Tidaback won the Gambler’s Classic A-Main at Boardwalk Hall, and was also a winner during the Indoor Series at Niagara Falls in 1999.

This past year, he competed in the Sportsman division at Wall, driving a car that he and Renee fielded.

“Thank you, to everyone in the racing community, for all their thoughts and prayers and support during this difficult time,” said Renee Tidaback. “Our son Mikey watched his dad race and saw the accident, but the last time he visited with him was in the emergency room that night. Now, due to restrictions and no kids (being) permitted in the hospital due to the flu outbreak, Mikey is unable to visit him and is having a hard time understanding what has happened.”

“I’m there (at the hospital) as much as I can, to talk to Mike and let him know everyone is pulling for him. Right now, Mike needs prayers. He is very restricted as to visitors, but please send cards and messages and I will read them to him. He needs the encouragement and to know that the racing family is praying for him.”

CREDIT: Len Sammons Motorsports Promotions

Comments 9

  1. Sorry to hear this terrible news . We will be praying for a speedy recovery here at Pedersen’s CheckerWon Motorsports 🏁

  2. I am hoping and praying for Mike that the doctors can stop the bleeding and his healing process can begin and hopefully get back to normal

  3. In 1955 at langhorn my father was in a very bad accident. Mr Fathers Dr. told my mother I was the best remedy for him. Three times he was pronounced dead. Mr Father passed away in 1994. Please keep the faith you’ll in all racers prays

  4. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. We pray Mike has a speedy recovery! There are always those scary moments in racing that we never want to see. My son races in the ROC and every time he goes out in that car all I can do is say the “Hail MARY” prayer over and over and over for his safety and all the other drivers safety until that checked flag waves. We will continue our prayers for Mike, his wife and children and extended family. God speed for that fast recovery 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and his family. I have been through this myself and it’s a very tough time..i pray things work out

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