The Detroit News reported (http://bit.ly/LhOfv0) that Mike Webster was heading into the first turn during a four-lap race when his U-22 boat went airborne.
Webster's boat was heavily damaged, but he was able to climb out of the boat with help from rescue workers and was examined at the infield medical center.
"I'm fine, just disappointed about the boat," the 32-year-old Webster told the newspaper. "I'm a little banged up, minor bruises and stuff, but nothing compared to what could have been. I'm very fortunate."
Webster said he felt good enough to compete in races later Saturday. His boat, however, was in no fit shape.
The race was part of the American Power Boat Association Gold Cup, being held on the Detroit River this weekend.
Steve David, a fellow driver, said Webster's wreck was a "classic blowover."
"He just caught too much air and was going faster (160-170 mph) than he had probably ever gone before. It was a hard hit," David said.
Drivers Greg Hopp and Mark Evans were racing alongside Webster when the accident happened, but were able to evade the crash.
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