Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season, Hendrick Motorsports announced today.
Earnhardt was forced out of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS earlier this year after experiencing concussion like symptoms. Hendrick says he has undergone regular evaluation since then and is continuing to recover.
Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will share driving duties for the 12 remaining Sprint Cup races. Gordon will pilot the car this weekend at Darlington and at Richmond and Martinsville, while Bowman will be behind the wheel for the rest.
“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season,” Earnhardt said in a statement. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career.”
“I know how hard Dale has worked and how frustrating this is for him,” added Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick. “He wants to be back, and we want him back, but we want it to be for the long haul.”