Earnhardt - Minor Second Degree Burns

The official ALMS statement reads as follows:

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.

The GM statement includes these comments from Doug Fehan, program manager for Corvette Racing:

"We had an unfortunate incident in morning warmup today with our #8 Corvette," said Doug Fehan, program manager for Corvette Racing. "The accident was caused by a combination of many factors, including a slick race track, cold tires and a full tank of fuel. The hit was so hard that it broke the filler neck off the fuel cell and caused a fire. We know Dale Jr. wishes he could be back here at the race with us and we're going to try to win this one for him."

Which Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell duly managed.


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