Sears Point: Earnhardt medical update

Earnhardt To Be Held Overnight for Observation SONOMA, Calif. (July 18, 2004) - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will be held overnight for observation after suffering minor second degree burns on the inner sides of both legs and on his chin in a racing ...

Earnhardt To Be Held Overnight for Observation

SONOMA, Calif. (July 18, 2004) - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will be held overnight for observation after suffering minor second degree burns on the inner sides of both legs and on his chin in a racing accident Sunday morning at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

A hospital spokesman said that Earnhardt was "resting comfortably" at University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., and would be examined again Monday morning.

Earnhardt was injured Sunday morning when the car he was driving was involved in an accident and caught fire while practicing for the American Le Mans Series Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Earnhardt was driving a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R in a 30-minute practice session when the accident occurred. The car spun and impacted a barrier in the Turn 8 section of the road racing track and then caught fire. Earnhardt quickly exited the car on his own and was then assisted by safety crews.

Earnhardt, who regularly competes in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, was scheduled to co-drive in today's American Le Mans Series sports car race with veteran road racing driver Boris Said. The team withdrew the car from the race.

"I'm bummed out and disappointed I couldn't run the race," said Earnhardt through a team spokesman. "I hope Corvette gets the victory."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Boris Said