NASCAR Hall of Famer plans brain donation
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Hall of Famer and one of the sport’s first stars, Fred Lorenzen, has decided that, upon his death, his brain will be donated to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, according to a recent article from the Associated Press
. Lorenzen’s daughter, Amanda Lorenzen Gardstrom, delivered the pledge to the Foundation on Friday according to the AP
Current NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., made a similar pledge not long ago. Earnhardt missed two races because of a concussion during the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season and is sitting out Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and possibly longer because of concussion-like symptoms.
Lorenzen is the second race car driver, former or current, known to have made such a pledge.
“As a family, we decided we wanted to support Dale Jr. and all work together toward a healthy future for these drivers,” Gardstrom told the AP.
Eighty-one-year-old Lorenzen suffers from dementia now. His daughter believes that he has chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) because of hits he took while racing in the 1960s. CTE is believed to be a result of repeated blows to the head.
“He never stopped to heal,” she told the AP.
Lorenzen now resides in an assisted living facility and, when he can, attends races at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.