Xfinity driver Jamie Dick diagnosed with diabetes, Jeffrey Earnhardt to drive No. 55 at Fontana

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Having been hospitalized overnight and undergone a number of medical tests following Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, driver Jamie Dick has been diagnosed with diabetes.

Dick was released from West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, Ariz., on Sunday afternoon and returned to his home in suburban Charlotte for further evaluation and treatment.

As a result, Dick will not compete in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. He will be replaced behind the wheel of the No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet by Jeffrey Earnhardt.

Dick was initially taken to the PIR infield care center following the race after complaining of dizziness and fatigue. He was then transported to the nearby hospital.

Tests determined Dick, 26, was suffering from new onset diabetes.

Dick issued the following statement:

“I would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. It was quite a surprise to hear the diagnosis from the doctors, but the response from the NASCAR and PIR medical staffs was outstanding.

“The support from the racing community, my Viva Motorsports team, and the fans has been overwhelming. Now I need to learn about this disease and do whatever it takes to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible.”

Dick becomes the second Xfinity Series driver diagnosed with diabetes. Ryan Reed has suffered from the Type 1 version of the disease for several years.

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