Christian Eckes Medical Update

Christian Eckes Medical Update

Venturini Motorsports has released a statement updating the condition of driver Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota). Eckes was the ARCA Menards Series championship leader and was scheduled to start second in Sunday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway, but illness on Saturday night and Sunday morning forced him to withdraw from the event. Harrison Burton, the winner earlier this season at Daytona, replaced him and drove to an eighth-place finish.

"Christian Eckes, eighteen-year old driver for Venturini Motorsports, remains hospitalized after being forced to withdrawal from yesterday’s ARCA Menards Series event at Salem Speedway because of a small esophageal tear in his trachea as a result of complications due to food poisoning," the statement from the team said. "Eckes became ill following Saturday’s on-track activities and was admitted to the hospital where he continues to receive treatment for a bacterial infection. Expected to make a full recovery, Eckes is in good spirits and will resume full time racing duties as soon as being released from doctors’ care later in the week."

The Venturini Motorsports team has a test scheduled at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville later in the week before moving on to Talladega Superspeedway for the General Tire 200 on Friday April 27.


Get Well Soon Christian!!!