According to Matias Strozyk Visnovsky had permission from the Islanders to participate in the race at the Slovakia Ring motor circuit. He apparently lost control of the car coming out of a turn and went into the barrier.
— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) August 18, 2012
#Isles Visnovsky lost control of his Ferrari 458 and crashed head-on into a barrier while participating in a race in SVK. No major injuries.
Visnovsky had— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) August 18, 2012
#Isles permission to participate & goal was to finish. Lost control on the exit of the 2nd corner of the Sloakia Ring circuit.
Visnovsky spent the 2011-12 season with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring six goals to go with 21 assists in 68 games. That noticeable drop from the 68 points (tops among all defensemen) he scored the previous year.
The Ducks traded Visnovsky on draft day to the Islanders for a second-round draft pick. He has since filed a grievance with the NHLPA in an effort to void that trade since he believes a no-trade clause that was a part of his contract should have still been valid.