Dale Jr makes public pledge to donate brain to medical research

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr says he will donate his brain to research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the subject of the recent Will Smith film Concussion.

Earnhardt missed two Cup race weekends in October 2012, after being diagnosed with a second concussion in six weeks during a wreck at Talladega.

The first concussion, after he suffered a 40G impact in a crash during a tire test at Kansas, went undiagnosed until an MRI examination following his second accident.

On Sunday, Earnhardt first retweeted a story from Sports Illustrated (below). It reported how three former Oakland Raiders NFL players will donate their brains for CTE research body the Concussion Legacy Foundation, as a tribute to a late colleague who, after he passed away from cancer, was discovered to have suffered a serious brain injury.


When quizzed about why he had done so, and the commitment required, Earnhardt replied…

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Article type Breaking news