Rick Hendrick Admitted to Medical Facility in Charlotte With Four Broken Ribs and a Broken Clavicle; Praises Pilots Efforts

November 2, 2011 No Comments

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Team owner Rick Hendrick has been admitted to a medical facility in Charlotte, North Carolina due to discomfort from injuries sustained when a Gulfstream G150 aircraft operated by Hendrick Motorsports ran off the runway after experiencing braking issues at Key West International Airport in Key West, Florida Monday evening.

All four people on board – Rick Hendrick, his wife Linda Hendrick and two-pilots – were released from Lower Keys Medical Center early Tuesday morning.

Upon returning home to Charlotte, North Carolina, Rick Hendrick was further evaluated by his personal physician for “precautionary measures”. He was diagnosed with four broken ribs (previously stated as one), a broken clavicle and bruising.

Doctors believe the pain can most effectively be managed in the medical facility, and plan on releasing Mr. Hendrick by the end of the week.

“Linda and I have been overwhelmed by all the words of encouragement and genuine concern we’ve received,” said Rick Hendrick in a statement released Wednesday morning. “We are blessed to have such a wonderful support system, and our family is extremely grateful for the thoughts and prayers. We extend our sincere thanks to everyone.”

Linda Hendrick was treated for minor cuts and bruises, and both pilots were released without injury.

“I’m so proud of how our pilots handled the situation, and we’re extremely appreciative of the folks in Key West who went above and beyond to help us,” said Rick Hendrick. “It’s good to be back in Charlotte as we regroup and focus on our family.”

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