Rick Hendrick in hospital for injuries
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick has been hospitalized to treat injuries he suffered when his private plane ran off the runway during a landing.
Hendrick Motorsports said Wednesday an evaluation in Charlotte showed Hendrick had four broken ribs and a broken shoulder. He was admitted Tuesday to a local hospital to better manage his pain, and he is expected to be released by the end of the week.
Hendrick, his wife and two pilots were on the Gulfstream G150 that had brake issues upon landing Monday night at Key West International Airport. The plane is co-owned by Jimmie Johnson and normally shuttles the five-time defending NASCAR champion and his family to and from races.
Linda Hendrick sustained minor cuts and bruises. The two pilots were not injured.
The plane apparently skidded off the 4,800-foot runway and came to a stop along a 600-foot unpaved safety area that had been added in May.
Hendrick, the most successful owner in NASCAR with 199 Sprint Cup Series victories, praised the pilots in a statement Wednesday.
"I'm so proud of how our pilots handled the situation, and we're extremely appreciative of the folks in Key West who went above and beyond to help us. It's good to be back in Charlotte as we regroup and focus on our family," he said.
"Linda and I have been overwhelmed by all the words of encouragement and genuine concern we've received. We are blessed to have such a wonderful support system, and our family is extremely grateful for the thoughts and prayers. We extend our sincere thanks to everyone."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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