FONTANA, Calif. – Denny Hamlin missed Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway because of vision issues.
According to Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs, Hamlin is currently battling a sinus infection that has begun to affect his vision. Hamlin was advised by doctors not to race Sunday at Auto Club Speedway because of his vision issues.
“We have an issue with Denny Hamlin, I’m sure most of you all know, but he has a sinus infection and it’s affecting his vision, so he won’t be able to start the race today,” Gibbs said prior to Sunday’s race. “We hate it for him, he’s been so good for us, JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) over the years. We are just praying that he has a quick recovery and hopefully they’ll take him to the hospital and get scanned and he’ll be able to come home real soon, hopefully tomorrow.”
Hamlin was later transported to a local hospital to try and determine the exact cause of the problem. Sam Hornish Jr. replaced Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Sunday’s race, finishing 17th. Hamlin was still at the hospital at the conclusion of Sunday’s race.
Hamlin has not had any luck the last two years in Fontana. Last season Hamlin was battling with Joey Logano for the victory at Auto Club Speedway on the final lap when the two made contact, sending Hamlin into the inside wall. Hamlin suffered a collapsed vertebra in the crash and missed four races as a result.
Hamlin was released from the hospital late Sunday evening and will be evaluated again in Charlotte, N.C., later this week.