On Tuesday, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that Kyle Larson was released from a Charlotte-area hospital on Monday night. The sophomore driver spent two days in the hospital after fainting during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The hospital stay forced Larson to miss the STP 500 on Sunday.
According to the team, Larson visited with doctors for additional tests on Tuesday with the hopes of getting approved to return to the seat at Texas Motor Speedway. However, Larson is still waiting for his doctors to give him the OK to return to normal racing activities.
Forced to find a driver at the 11th hour Saturday night, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates contacted Xfinity Series regular Regan Smith at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning and asked him to drive Larson’s No. 42 Target Chevrolet. Smith agreed and started the race in the rear. Despite a spin in turn 3 during the event, Smith charged from the back to finish 16th.
Once news of any approval to race for Larson is released, we will update this story here on Frontstretch.
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