Robin Pemberton, crew chief of the No. 2 Miller Lite Taurus, did not travel with the team to Texas after undergoing some tests this week for fatigue. Pemberton had a stress test prior to the Bristol race last week and returned to his ...
Robin Pemberton, crew chief of the No. 2 Miller Lite Taurus, did not travel with the team to Texas after undergoing some tests this week for fatigue. Pemberton had a stress test prior to the Bristol race last week and returned to his family physician this past Tuesday where he underwent a heart catherization. Those tests did not reveal any artery blockages, but he is going back to his physician today for examination of his carotid artery. Pemberton, ,who did not rule out the possibility of attending the race Sunday, spoke about his health over the telephone this morning from North Carolina.
ROBIN PEMBERTON, Crew Chief --2-- Miller Lite Taurus
HOW WERE YOU FEELING BEFORE GOING TO THE DOCTOR?
"I was really feeling pretty normal as far as being run down and stressed out -- just like about 400 other friends of mine feel like everyday -- but my family doctor didn't like the way I was looking and he told me to come in for some tests. I went in the week of Bristol and had a nuclear stress test, where they put me on a treadmill and looked at how my heart was working. They thought there might be some sort of blockage, but when I went back on Tuesday and they did the heart catherization they said everything looked fine. There was nothing closed up and they said my heart test was okay."
"I'm going back to my doctor today and they're going to take a look at my carotid artery and make sure everything is okay there, but when you do the things we're all doing and you get to a point where you can't shake that feeling of being tired and you're out of energy, you need to get checked out. Maybe more people will get looked at as a result of this because we're going to more of these things than ever before and it can take a toll on you physically."
WHEN DO YOU EXPECT TO BE BACK AT THE TRACK?
"I'm contemplating this weekend, but I don't know for sure. It depends on who talks to me and how they talk to me as to what I do, but I do know I'll be at Martinsville for sure."
JOHN ERICKSON, General Manager -- Penske South Racing
IN THE EVENT ROBIN DOES NOT COME TO THE TRACK THIS WEEKEND, WHAT WILL YOUR PLAN BE?
"What we're thinking is that Earl (Barban) will be spotting this weekend. Typically, Jeffrey (Thousand) is on the stop sign and then catching the tire, but I think what we'll do is I'll handle the stop sign and we'll put Jeffrey (the team's chassis specialist) up on the box to be in communication with the driver from the pits. Everything else will pretty much stay the same."
BETWEEN NOW AND THE RACE HOW MUCH WILL YOU COMMUNICATE WITH ROBIN?
"We'll probably call and give him an update because I'm sure he's going to want to know how we're doing, but as far as setup goes, Brandon Thomas is here and we brought another engineer, Nelson Cosgrove, to help out. As everybody knows, the driver has the final say anyway, but we'll communicate with Robin every night and get whatever input from him that we can."
IS IT UP TO ROBIN AS TO WHEN HE COMES BACK?
"It's strictly between Robin and his doctor as to when he comes back. My understanding at this point is that this may be the only race he misses, but that's between him and his doctor. We'll do whatever we've got to do to make sure he's healthy."