Daytona 500: Robert Yates interview post-hospital stay

Robert Yates, car owner of the No. 28 and No. 88 Tauruses driven by Ricky Rudd and Dale Jarrett, drove to the hospital Friday after experiencing chest discomfort. Yates spoke to the media Saturday morning to update his condition. ROBERT YATES,...

Robert Yates, car owner of the No. 28 and No. 88 Tauruses driven by Ricky Rudd and Dale Jarrett, drove to the hospital Friday after experiencing chest discomfort. Yates spoke to the media Saturday morning to update his condition.

ROBERT YATES, Car Owner -- 28 and 88 Ford Tauruses

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY AND HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? "I feel fine today. I feel a lot better. I woke up at four o'clock in the morning (on Friday) and I really thought my heart had quit pumping and I just started panicking, I guess. Me and my wife (Carolyn) went to the hospital, but it was like my arms had fallen off my shoulders. It was like my heart wasn't working. I found out the best place in the world to be is knowing Bruce Kennedy and Halifax Hospital and the doctors that came in and checked me out. They gave me awesome attention."

WHAT HAPPENED? WAS IT A MEDICAL REACTION? "No. They said, 'Hey, with these symptoms we want to check you out.' They checked my blood and said there was a reason to go ahead and do a heart catherization. They prepared me for whatever and said if they found something, they'd fix it. In a very short time they went in, did the catherization, and came back and said my heart was as healthy as a horse. There was no plaque, so I must have been eating at good places or something. That made me feel a lot better, but I still didn't feel real good until about three o'clock this morning (Saturday). That's when I started feeling more normal, so I think there might have been some other problems than my heart. I felt bad last weekend. I had a miserable cold, kind of like the flu, and I was on the Z-pack, the zithromax, and I think the last day was Thursday or Friday. Maybe the combination of the stress of Daytona and all of that something shut down."

DID THEY CHECK YOU FOR AN ANGINA ATTACK OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? "They were checking all of my vital signs, so they did a good job. They went in and checked my heart and I feel good that I had that done. The other stuff, I think, is working fine now."

HAVE THEY REQUESTED YOU DO A FOLLOW UP IN CHARLOTTE? "No. As far as my heart, they're saying that I'm good to go. If I have another kind of arithmic problems or something like that, there's a heart monitor I'm supposed to have on right now, but I'll put it back on in a little bit. As far as the valves, there's no plaque -- big, clean arteries -- the heart looked good so I was happy to hear that. That makes me feel better because I think you all remember I passed out on pit road or something last year and a couple things felt funny, so I just wanted to have that checked out. I feel a lot better. I'm glad I was hear in Daytona and had the right people to work on me."

WHAT ARE THEY TELLING YOU TO DO? "Go about your normal business and don't lift anything. They put something like a tire plug in that dissolves in 90 days. Still, they don't want me lifting anything, but it's a lot better than having a big sandbag like they put on you. They say that's very miserable. It was a brand new procedure. In fact, the guy that's selling the thing helped the doctor put it in, so I've got a tire plug in right now."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates