Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson remained hospitalized in Charlotte Sunday and sat out the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway after suffering a fainting spell at an autograph session on Saturday.
Larson was expected to get additional tests Sunday at Carolinas Medical Center and as a precaution he was held out of the race.
“Although all tests came back negative and Larson feels completely fine, the doctors felt he should be held for more testing today,” the team said in a statement early Sunday morning.
Xfinity Series regular Regan Smith drove Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. He finished 16th.
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In an interview prior to the race with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Claire B. Lang, team part-owner Felix Sabates said doctors were “checking the heart area,” although he also said “nobody think it’s anything serious because his blood pressure has been pretty normal.”
John Olguin, the team’s vice president of communications, told the Observer that Larson fainted during an autograph session at his merchandise hauler Saturday afternoon and was taken to the track’s infield care center.
Doctors at the care center suggested Larson go to a local hospital for further evaluation, Olguin said, and he was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
Doctors there suggested Larson should see a neurologist but the hospital did not have one available so he was eventually taken to CMC Saturday evening.
“I didn’t anticipate being up here at all this weekend,” Smith said. “Unique circumstances and definitely want to make sure Kyle is OK.
“Whatever I can do to help them out while they do his stuff then I will do that.”