DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Although he will not be in a race car at Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr., took time to address his health issues after it was ruled he would miss the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR season after doctors ruled him "not cleared to compete" following a July concussion.
"The only thing I can't do is get in a car and race," said Earnhardt Jr.
Joined by team owner Rick Hendrick and Dr. Micky Collins, Earnhardt Jr., did say he was well enough to honor his sponsorship commitments.
He said he continues to support his team, as he has a vested interested in how they do, "the future of the team."
Collins said he was excited about Earnhardt Jr's progress, but that it takes a separate set of skills to operate as a race car driver.
Hendrick Motorsports announced that Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will run in his place for the remainder of the 12 races this season.
"I definitely don't belong in a race car today, by any stretch of the imagination," Earnhardt Jr., said.
Gordon will take his spot in the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.