Jamie Dick might have been diagnosed with diabetes recently, but he says it won’t keep him from the car.
Dick, who normally drives the No. 55 for Viva Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, was sidelined last month after the Phoenix race. Following the race, Dick was sent to the infield care center for dizziness and fatigue. Upon further evaluation, it was determined he has new onset diabetes.
“I have to get back, even if it is one time, just to say diabetes didn’t end my driving career,” Dick told NBC Sports on Tuesday. “My driving career is going to end on my terms, what’s good for me and my family and my business, not what’s good for diabetes,” he added. He does not currently have a timetable for a return.
When Dick returns, he will join Ryan Reed as a driver in NASCAR’s number two series who race with diabetes. Reed, who has Type 1 diabetes, races for Roush Fenway Racing and won his first career Xfinity Series race at Daytona this February.
Dick’s best finish through 57 career races came at Talladega in 2013, where he finished 12th.