Kasey Kahne will remain sidelined for at least another three weeks while he continues to grapple with the dehydration problems that sent him to the infield care center at Darlington two weekends ago.
Kahne skipped last weekend’s Brickyard 400 on medical advice, and his Leavine Family Racing team has confirmed that he will remain at home for this week’s race at Las Vegas, where temperatures are expected to hit triple digits, as well as the following two events at Richmond and Charlotte.
Regan Smith, who stood in for Kahne in Indianapolis, will remain in the No. 95 for all three races.
“At Darlington with 100 to go it was really hard to keep my eyes open and see,” Kahne said last week.
“I was trying to control my heart rate because it was so high that I basically kind of laid in the car and drove around the corners. Had to just control the car doing as little as possible so that my heart rate would go down, and at that point all I’m doing is focusing on my body and my health and not on what I should actually be focusing on, which is racing.
“It’s better for me to stay home and figure out how to help the situation before I get back in the car.”
Kahne announced last month that he will retire from full-time racing at the end of the season.
“People want to know why I just don’t retire and sit out the rest of the season,” he began in a statement on social media Wednesday. “The answer is simple. I love racing. I’ve been racing most of my life and I’m not ready to give it up.
"I’m listening to the advice of my doctors and we are coming up with a plan on when it’s safe for me to return,” he continued. “I want to continue racing in some capacity for many years to come in whatever division that may be. The current steps that I am taking are to find a way for my body to tolerate racing in any environment.
“To those that have supported me through this process, I appreciate each and every one of you.”