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February 22, 2017
NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick, who estimates she’s dealt with at least a dozen concussions during her racing career, stated during Wednesday’s Daytona 500 media day she would retire from the sport if doctors told her there would be long-term consequences from another head injury.
Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com passed along comments from Patrick about the hot-button issue as fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets prepared for his return after missing the latter stages of the 2016 season due to concussion symptoms. She considers the situation a “good lesson.”
“I think that we’d like to sweep it all under the rug as drivers like we feel fine and nothing is wrong,” Patrick said. “But it’s our life. If there was someone that told me or, I would hope any other driver, if you have another wreck, you could have a serious problem, then they would [choose to] be out.”
She added: “I would be out because I love what I do, but I love lots of other things and I also love life. I’m too young to have it be over. It was a good lesson for a lot of people and a good education.”
More to follow.