UPDATE #2: Jimmie Johnson has been released from the infield care center at Richmond International Raceway after suffering an apparent bout of dehydration. See related tweets below.
UPDATE #1: NASCAR has released a statement that advised Jimmie Johnson is being treated for dehydration, which has been also confirmed by crew chief Chad Knaus.
Six-time and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson suffered some type of health issue immediately after Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Johnson climbed out of his No. 48 race car, which finished a strong eighth in the final qualifying race for the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup, under his own power and immediately sat down next to his car, according to reports.
One of the fittest drivers in the Sprint Cup circuit, Johnson then apparently laid down next to his car. Several of his teammates called for medical attention and proceeded to pick up what appeared to be a very feint-looking Johnson after he fell backward towards the racetrack surface.
Those same teammates then picked him up, carried him over the pit road wall and placed him on a mobile stretcher cart, which whisked him to the RIR infield medical center.
ESPN’s post-race telecast showed Johnson, with the top of his firesuit pulled down below his waist, leaning over in the back of the transport cart.
NASCAR has not yet issued an update on Johnson’s condition, although NASCAR Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett speculated that Johnson may be suffering from dehydration and possible exposure to carbon monoxide.
Jarrett experienced a similar instance during his driving career, and related a story how ESPN pit road reporter Dr. Jerry Punch helped revive him by inserting an IV to rehydrate Jarrett.
NBCSports.com’s MotorSportsTalk will have more updates on Johnson’s condition as they become available.
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