It will take a lot more than one crash to keep Kyle Larson out of a race car. The young driver can't wait to get back on the track - and not just NASCAR.
"I'm driving (Saturday's) Nationwide race in Phoenix," he said in a phone interview Tuesday with The Bee. "But before that, I'll be racing (USAC) midgets on Friday night at Canyon Speedway. Then, next Wednesday and Thursday, I'll be racing World of Outlaws (sprint cars) in Las Vegas. It's hectic. It's good."
In his NASCAR Nationwide debut Saturday, the 20-year-old Elk Grove driver became nationally famous with a horrific last-lap crash just yards from the finish line at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
His car's engine became lodged in the catch fence. Flying debris injured at least 32 fans, some more than 30 rows from the track. Seven fans remained hospitalized Tuesday in stable condition.
Running sixth at more than 175 mph, Larson had nowhere to go when he got caught in the mayhem of the 12-car incident.
"Coming off Turn 4, I was getting pushed by Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and I was right behind (Sam Hornish Jr.)," he recalled. "My spotter said they were wrecking in front of me. I hit the wall and really didn't know where my car went from there."
Vaulting over Brad Keselowski's car, Larson's No. 32 Chevrolet spun upside down and around, shearing off parts and spewing fire before coming to rest in the infield.
"Once I got out of the car, I sure wasn't expecting to see the engine gone," Larson said. "It was definitely a crazy wreck."
Although his Camaro was torn to pieces, Larson walked away unscathed. After starting 21st in the 40-car field, he was credited with a 13th-place finish.
"I feel fine; not sore at all," he said. "I'm really thankful the (injured) fans are all doing OK, that none of the injuries are life-threatening. I'm really happy about that."
Instead of dissuading him from driving, the accident steeled his resolve. Up until the final fleeting seconds of the 300-mile race, he was having a wonderful time.
"It was a lot of fun," Larson said. "I learned a lot about the draft. I led a couple of laps and ran a good race.
"It was definitely an exciting race," he added. "It was more exciting than I thought a (restrictor) plate race could be."
Larson, who races this Nationwide season for Turner Scott Motorsports, attracted plenty of pre-race attention. A developmental driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Larson has been tabbed by NASCAR as one its "Next Nine" stars in the making.
During his first Speedweeks in Florida, Larson raced six different cars in seven days. He won twice.
After Saturday's accident, Larson received several messages from fellow drivers, including race winner Tony Stewart. Other drivers talked to him personally.
"Everybody was just checking, to make sure I was OK," Larson said.
His debut performance under pressure impressed his peers.
Parker Kligerman, who was driving the No. 77 Toyota, described the finish as "a bunch of smoke - a finish line and full throttle. ... The 32 (Larson) actually did an amazing job."
NASCAR officials are reviewing the crash and Larson's wrecked car at its research center in Concord, N.C.
"We'll look at every piece," Steve O'Donnell, senior vice president of racing operations, told FOX Sports. "What came off, what didn't, what held. We'll review the film of where it hit ... . Every aspect of that car will be looked at."
Meanwhile, Larson is back to work and headed to Arizona. In his last NASCAR race at Phoenix, he finished second Nov. 9 in the Camping World Truck Series.
In March, he hopes to make a pit stop at home in Elk Grove, too. The Nationwide Series makes its only California appearance March 23 at Fontana.
"I'd like to come home soon for a visit," he said. "Hopefully, I'll get out there in the next few weeks."