El Paso NASCAR Xfinity Driver Jamie Dick Diagnosed with Diabetes
El Paso native Jamie Dick was hospitalized earlier this weekend Phoenix after suffering from dizziness and fatigue following the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200. Tests at West Valley Hospital showed that Dick is suffering from new onset diabetes. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and returned to his home in Charlotte for further evaluation and treatment.
"I would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time," Dick said in a press release. "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 for Dick as the driver of the number 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. There is no timetable yet for Dick's return to racing.