Immediately following Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Jamie Dick, the driver and owner of the No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet, was taken to the infield care center after experiencing dizziness and fatigue.
After being evaluated, Dick was sent to on evaluation, nearby West Valley Hospital for further testing. He was admitted to the hospital Saturday evening and eventually diagnosed with new onset diabetes.
He was released Sunday afternoon and is now back in the Charlotte (NC) area, where he will continue to be evaluated and treated.
"I would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time,” said Dick. “It was quite a surprise to hear the diagnosis from the doctors, but the response from the NASCAR and PIR medical staffs was outstanding. The support from the racing community, my Viva Motorsports team, and the fans has been overwhelming.
“Now, I need to learn about this disease and do whatever it takes to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible."
Jeffrey Earnhardt will fill in as driver of the No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Auto Club Speedway.