Kyle Larson cleared to return to racing

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Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson has been cleared to return to racing the team announced Thursday. Larson fainted last Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. The 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital. Doctors checked out Larson and said he seemed fine but recommend he see a neurologist for further evaluation. Since there was no neurologist at the Martinsville hospital, Larson was transported back to Charlotte N.C. Saturday night and seen at the Carolinas Medical Center.

Larson was hospitalized in Charlotte and missed the following day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. During his stay, Larson was subjected to a battery of physical and neurological tests. He was released from the hospital Monday night. Thursday the team said an in emailed statement that Larson has been cleared to race.

“Following a thorough review of all the test results by his attending physicians and in conjunction with the medical staff from NASCAR,” the statement said. “Kyle Larson has been medically cleared to return to all NASCAR-related activities, beginning at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.” MORE>>>

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