The upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is right around the corner on July 17th, and the latest big news is that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will sit out of the race due to concussion-like symptoms. The announcement was made by Hendrick Motorsports, the team Earnhardt drives for in the No. 88 Chevrolet car, when physicians assessed the driver in Charlotte, NC. Earnhardt stated:
I wasn’t feeling great the week going into Kentucky (Speedway) and thought it was possibly severe allergies. I saw a family doctor and was given medication for allergies and a sinus infection. When that didn’t help, I decided to dig a little deeper. Because of my symptoms and my history with concussions, and after my recent wrecks at Michigan and Daytona, I reached out and met with a neurological specialist. After further evaluation, they felt it was best for me to sit out.
I’m disappointed about missing New Hampshire this weekend. I’m looking forward to treatment with the goal of getting back in the race car when the doctors say I’m ready.
There’s no word when he’ll return to the track but there will be an update from Hendrick Motorsports next week for the July 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, stated:
I’m proud of Dale for standing up. The number-one priority is his health, so we’re going to give him all the time he needs. We completely support the decision by the doctors and will be ready to go win races when he’s 100 percent. In the meantime, we have full confidence in Greg (Ives) and the team, and we know they’ll do a great job.
Taking the place of Earnhardt for Sunday’s race in New Hampshire will be substitute driver Alex Bowman.
(Source: Hendrick Motorsports)