NASCAR artist Sam Bass is recovering from surgery for complications resulting from another severe blood infection. A lifelong Type 1 diabetic, Bass was hospitalized twice in 2014 and spent 10 weeks in treatment as a result of sepsis, a severe blood disorder that often results in loss of limbs or even death. Last October Bass’ artwork was missing from the cover of the program for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time since 1985.
Earlier last year, in February, the 53 year-old Bass was fighting for his life in a Charlotte North Carolina hospital and missed his first Daytona 500 since 1986. He was diagnosed with diabetes years ago and in 2008 was forced to have his left leg amputated below the knee. Bass now spends time connecting with military veterans who have lost limbs as well contributing his efforts to charities such as the NASCAR Foundation, Speedway Children’s Charities, The Jeff Gordon Foundation, and The American Diabetes Association.
Bass first took up art at the age of seven launching his NASCAR career in 1981. He is NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist whose artwork has appeared on track program covers, racecar paints schemes, and other racing related works. His gallery near the Charlotte Motor Speedway is a popular spot for visitors. MORE>>>