Road & Track

After years of ferocious hits weekly on the football field, we're seeing retired NFL players combat debilitating, ultimately fatal brain injuries. There's another sport where concussions can have the same effect: racing. Crashing carries risks long after a driver calls it a career, especially in NASCAR.

Now NASCAR is taking steps to address the dangers, but is it enough? As drivers and race organizers grapple with the issue, this story—the story of retired NASCAR racer Fred Lorenzen and his slow descent into the darkest depths of an incurable disease—is a must-read.


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