Pit Traffic Rider Trevor Oestreich Returns to Racing

Trevor and his mom Brie doing some sightseeing while in New Jersey for Trevor's tests. Photo cred: Crew Chief Oestreich (aka Dad, aka Troy, aka Pit Boss).
Trevor and his mom Brie doing some sightseeing while in New Jersey for Trevor’s tests. Photo cred: Crew Chief Oestreich (aka Dad, aka Troy, aka Pit Boss).

Spokane, WA – After a crash last year at Washougal for the final rounds of Quadcross Northwest left Trevor Oestreich with news of a heart condition previously undiagnosed, Trevor was expected to never be able to do physical activities again. After extensive doctor visits and finally flying to New Jersey to see a specialist, Trevor Oestreich has been cleared to race the opening rounds of Quadcross Northwest next weekend. “I am very happy,” Trevor said by phone, “Especially going from zero racing last year to some riding and now getting back to racing! I just have to take it easier than before.” For Trevor, that means dropping down from the ProAm class and just competing in the Production A class.

Last September, Trevor crashed during the ProAm race at Washougal for the 2nd to last round of Quadcross Northwest. He was hurting, and as a precaution the Paramedics arrived to take Trevor to the hospital. On the way there, they discovered an abnormality with his heartbeat and in the next few hours Trevor was diagnosed with Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is most commonly known as the reason high school athletes drop dead with no symptoms – the heart muscles grow abnormally and constrict blood flow until there is no more room for blood to move through the heart. A tremendously scary moment for his family and for himself, as well as Trevor’s many friends and fans. Trevor received a referral to a cardiologist back home in Spokane. He was put on medication, told no strenuous activities and sent on his way. Crushing to a student athlete and promising ATV racer.

This is what "light duty" looks like.
This is what “light duty” looks like.

Eventually, through various evaluations and re-evaluations, Trevor was permitted light activity, then light riding, and then referred to a specialist on the East Coast who deals specifically with this kind of disease. After a week of testing, results, interpretations, and more testing, Trevor was given great news. He can return to racing. It was determined he has a very mild form of the disease – no previous indications, no current symptoms – and that his risk was only slightly more than that of a normal person. “I am definitely happy to get the chance to be out there on the track again,” Trevor said, “I love riding and racing.”Trevor will make his return April 25th at Horn Rapids Motorsports Complex in Richland, WA for the 2015 opening round of Quadcross Northwest.

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