Bayne released from hospital
|By Diego Mejia
||Friday, May 6th 2011, 07:12 GMT
Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne has been released from hospital after being admitted last week, but he will not return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series just yet.
The 20-year old underwent a series of tests and evaluation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after showing symptoms initially believed to be a consequence of an insect bite that had already forced him to visit a hospital last month following the Sprint Cup Series race at Texas.
Despite being discharged on Thursday, he will not be returning behind the wheel this weekend at Darlington Raceway, where he was initially expected to compete in the Nationwide Series, meaning he will miss his second race in as many weeks in the second-tier series.
Bayne was not scheduled to compete in the Sprint Cup series this Saturday at the same venue - his next planned outing in a Cup car expected to be the All-Star race on May 21.
"Trevor Bayne was seen by a team of Mayo Clinic specialists where he underwent a series of tests and consultations over the last week," said Mayo Clinic neurologist Brian Crum, M.D. "He was admitted after suffering from nausea, fatigue and vision impairment. Since his admission, the nausea and fatigue have abated, and the vision impairment continues to be treated with medication, and is showing significant improvement.
"This symptom appears to be the result of an inflammatory condition. Further assessments will be made over the next couple of weeks. His condition is not life threatening or career-ending. We expect he will continue to improve, though the timeframe for his return to racing is unknown at this point. He will continue to be followed closely by his Mayo Clinic team."
Bayne is hoping to contend for the Nationwide Series title with Roush Fenway Racing this season, while running a limited schedule in the Sprint Cup series for Wood Brothers Racing. Having missed last weekend's race he has dropped to seventh in the drivers' standings but the team is hopeful he will be able to return for next week's event at Dover.
"I know I'm right where God wants me to be! finally going back to [North Carolina] today! Waiting patiently to get better! Thanks everyone!," Bayne said on his twitter feed on Thursday.
Chris Buescher completed his Nationwide Series debut replacing Bayne at Richmond last weekend and will once again drive Roush Fenway's #16 Ford Mustang at Darlington in Friday night's event.
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