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Rick Hendrick back in hospital after crash landing

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2011

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick has been admitted to a Charlotte-area hospital as he continues his recovery from injuries sustained when the plane he was riding crash landed at the Key West (Fla.) International Airport on Monday night.

A statement HMS released Wednesday said Hendrick was examined by his personal physician upon his return to Charlotte and diagnosed with four broken ribs (he had previously been diagnosed with one) and a broken shoulder.

Due to the discomfort from the injuries Hendrick was admitted to a local hospital on Tuesday afternoon. He is expected to be released by the end of the week.

"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," Hendrick said in a statement.

"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."

On Monday night the Gulfstream G150 aircraft on which Hendrick and his wife, Linda, were traveling, ran off the runway after experiencing braking issues upon landing.

The pilot and co-pilot were unhurt. Linda Hendrick suffered minor cuts and bruises.

The plane was registered to Jimmie Johnson Racing Inc. and co-owned by HMS and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, a five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, drives for HMS.

The plane is typically used by Johnson and his family to travel to and from NASCAR races.

Hendrick, 62, was at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday for the Tums 500, where Johnson finished second in the race.