Richard Childress Racing pit crew member Donald “D.J.” Richardson is recovering in a Massachusetts hospital from severe complications due to the H1N1 virus.
Richardson, 37, is a native of Leominster, Mass.
He joined RCR in July 2009 and finished the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as the rear tire changer for the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS team.
Richardson contracted the H1N1 virus during a visit to Massachusetts over the Thanksgiving holiday. His condition worsened due to the onset of pneumonia before he went to Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster for evaluation.
Doctors quickly admitted Richardson to the hospital’s intensive care unit with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with D.J. and his family during this very trying time,” said Mike Dillon, RCR’s vice president of competition. “All of us at Richard Childress Racing and Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
Richardson is unable to accept phone calls or flowers from well-wishers while in the ICU. His family has asked that cards, letters, and notes of encouragement be sent to his attention at his father’s house:
494 Merriam Avenue
Leominster, Massachusetts 01453
Richardson began his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career with Andy Petree Racing in 1999. He has also worked for Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Braun Racing.
The RCR communications department will continue to provide updates on Richardson’s status. A Facebook Groups page entitled “Get Well DJ-Updates” has also been created.