posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 05:43 PM
dale jr was released from the hospital today...those burns could make for an uncomfortable ride in this coming weeks race....
Earnhardt Jr. released from hospital
July 19, 2004
SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. was released from the hospital Monday morning, a day after the car he was driving crashed and
caught fire during a practice session for the American Le Mans Series Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Earnhardt Jr. sustained second-degree burns to his face and legs and was held overnight at the University of California-Davis Medical Center in
Sacramento for observation.
The injuries are not likely to keep him out of this weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup race in New Hampshire.
Racing for fun on an off weekend, Earnhardt was to co-drive in Sunday's American Le Mans Series sports car race with veteran road racing driver Boris
But the accident occurred during a 30-minute practice session when Earnhardt's Chevrolet Corvette C5-R spun and impacted a barrier in the Turn 8
section of the road racing truck track and then caught fire. Earnhardt quickly exited the car on his own and then was assisted by safety crews.
A team official told CBS that the car's fuel filler neck ruptured in the crash and sprayed gasoline on the car's hot exhaust pipes.
Earnhardt's father, the legendary Dale Earnhardt, was killed in a last-lap wreck at the 2001 Daytona 500.
Earnhardt Jr., who is second in the Nextel Cup Series to Jimmie Johnson, sustained a concussion in a crash at California speedway early in the 2002