Just over a year after taking home an impressive win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this longtime NASCAR star has been forced to end his career following a string of alarming health incidents and evaluations.
Just a few months ago, Kasey Kahne announced that he would be retiring from full-time racing at the end of the 2018 season, but nobody could have expected things to take a turn for the worse and his career to come to a screeching halt.
Kahne has missed the last five races in the NASCAR Monster Cup Series after experiencing a severe medical issue related to dehydration and exhaustion. Notably, Kahne had been seen exhibiting scary symptoms of this kind of problem for years – and even in one video, he fell to the ground after winning a race because of it.
Kahne stated in a new tweet that he’s “perfectly healthy” outside the race car, but officials with NASCAR and doctors have refused to clear him for the last several weeks. He had hoped he’d be medically cleared to race after running a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway this past week.
“To say I’m disappointed after receiving the results that I was not medically cleared for the remainder of the season following a test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week is an understatement,” Kahne wrote in a tweet. “It was my hope that everything would go well and I would be able to finish out the season strong in the No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.”
— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) October 9, 2018
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