"Thank God we signed that contract a couple of months ago!"
Those were Chaz Mostert's first words to Prodrive Racing Australia team boss Tim Edwards as he lay in the Mount Panorama medical centre this afternoon with a fractured left femur and wrist.
While Mostert was able to joke about the violent accident that ruled him out of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, wrecked his $500,000 Pepsi-Max Ford Falcon FG X and ended his championship chances, Edwards stressed his young charger was also incredibly upset for his team about the accident.
"He is in good spirits, but I think there is a bit of green stick (pain killing drugs) in that," Edwards told v8supercars.com.au.
"He is thinking of the team and very apologetic to the boys who put in all the hard work to get him out on the track."
"But it was good he was able to joke and I am happy to let everyone know about it."
Mostert was referring to the rich deal he signed earlier this year to extend his contract with PRA until the end of the decade.
Mostert earned that new deal on the back of his massive performances this year, which have included 10 pole positions and five race wins.
He has now been airlifted to Orange hospital for further treatment.
His accident ended activity at Mount Panorama today.