Media Statement: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Incident at Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. - The General Motors Chevrolet
Corvette Racing team will start Sunday's race with two cars after an
incident during morning warmup at Infineon Raceway. Dale Earnhardt,
Jr. had an accident when he left the track at Turn 8.
"We had an unfortunate incident in morning warmup today with
our #8 Corvette," said Doug Fehan, program manager for Corvette
Racing. "The accident was caused by a combination of many
factors, including a slick race track, cold tires and a full tank of
fuel. The hit was so hard that it broke the filler neck off the fuel
cell and caused a fire. We know Dale Jr. wishes he could be back
here at the race with us and we're going to try to win this one for
Earnhardt, Jr. was treated for minor burns and was taken to UC Davis
Hospital for precautionary measures.
"We believe it is a testament to the way that the Corvette has
been engineered that Dale Jr. was able to get himself out of the car
after taking such a hard hit," said Fehan. "We engineer
front and rear crash zones into the car, as well as a special
aluminum side crash box. We don't like to see any of our drivers
involved in incidents like this, but when they do happen we're glad
they have the protection of the Corvette chassis around them."