Ellstrom Racing has announced that Kip Brown will not be driving the 96 Spirit of Qatar in the 2014 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship next month in Doha.
Team owner Erick Ellstrom said, "Kip has a herniated disc in his neck that needs to be taken care of and we feel its best that he do that now and not risk further injury."
Brown commented, "Its disappointing. I had hoped to be able to finish the season in the 96 and make the trip to Qatar. Instead I will be going under the knife."
Brown said the injury occurred when the boat rode up a roostertal and turned over in Seattle in August and was aggravated at Bayfair in San Diego in September.
Ellstrom added that he is considering options for a driver for the Oryx Cup and hopes to confirm Brown's replacement early next week.