CHINA GROVE, N.C. – official team release – Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America photo –
Immediately following Saturday’s Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200, Jamie Dick, the driver and owner of the No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet, was taken to the infield care center at Phoenix International Raceway after reporting dizziness and fatigue.
Upon evaluation, the physicians on site recommended Dick visit West Valley Hospital for further tests. Dick was admitted to the hospital Saturday evening and diagnosed with new onset diabetes. Dick was released Sunday afternoon and has flown back to the Charlotte area to continue evaluation and treatment.
Jeffrey Earnhardt will fill in for Dick as the driver of the No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Auto Club Speedway.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. 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,” says Jamie Dick. “Now I need to learn about this disease and do whatever it takes to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible.”