A concerning trend continued Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, as Cody Ware — who drives the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Rick Ware Racing — suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning in the Toyota Save Mart 350.
Ware had to retire from the race after 64 laps around the 2.52-mile road course in California after symptoms from the Carbon Monoxide exposure became too great.
After climbing from the car, Ware received immediate medical attention.
TobyChristie.com reached out to the team via Twitter Direct Message to see how Ware was doing after Sunday’s incident, and the team says, “Cody is doing much better! Thanks for checking in on him!”
It’s great news that Ware is shaking off the effects of Carbon Monoxide, but it’s still troubling that another driver has suffered from this in 2019. Denny Hamlin, you will recall, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and double vision after he knocked the crush panels out of his No. 11 Toyota at Dover.
Luckily, like Ware, Hamlin was treated immediately after the race and made a full recovery. But we aren’t many years removed from this exact issue ending the career of Rick Mast. Luckily these drivers escaped severe injury or health effects, but if this keeps happening something bad could be just around the next corner for someone.
Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for TobyChristie.com. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.