NASCAR Hall of Fame driver David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered Dec. 9.
“David … is doing great and well on the road to recovery,” according to a statement released by Pearson’s family Wednesday. “The stroke affected his left side somewhat but he is able to walk slowly and his arm continues to get better with maneuverability. He has great grip with his left hand so we are very much encouraged.
“He continues to have therapy on both his leg and arm and progresses each day. Today, he is 80 to 85 percent back to normal and we expect a full recovery soon. Thanks to the NASCAR family and all of his fans and friends for their support and concern.”
Pearson, 80, had 105 career victories from 1960 to 1986 and won three NASCAR championships. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2011.
• The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown will return to the South Boston (Va.) Speedway on April 23. The event, put on by the Denny Hamlin Foundation, features NASCAR drivers competing against the regional Late Model drivers. Proceeds will support the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Therapeutics Development Center at VCU.
• Richard Petty Motorsports has moved its headquarters into an 80,000-square-foot building in Mooresville. The team’s office space is open, rather than being broken up into cubicles, to help communication between the organization’s teams. RPM has added former Indianapolis 500 champ Sam Hornish Jr. to its Sprint Cup lineup, joining Aric Almirola.
Hornish last ran full time as a Cup driver in 2010.
“It’s a lot different than when I did it the last time,” Hornish said. “I feel like we’ve got a lot of things to look forward to. The only thing we’re lacking right now is we still need to sit down and set out a map of what we feel comfortable with throughout the year, what our goals will be and figuring out how we’re going to change and evaluate ourselves to move forward.”
• Roush Fenway Racing introduced its driver lineup on Wednesday. It includes Greg Biffle, in his 13th season with the team, as well as Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) Series driver Bubba Wallace. Former Daytona 500 champ Trevor Bayne will also drive full-time on the Cup circuit for RFR.
• Joey Logano was married during the offseason, but lost his wedding band when a kayak he was in tipped over during his honeymoon in Costa Rica. Logano quickly obtained a new ring – a “backup car,” as he called it.