When Will’s wife Liz suffered a staph infection in her back, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick put Will in touch with medical experts to get her the best treatment possible.
Will nearly gave away racing to care for Liz, who thankfully recovered with the help of medical professionals in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Liz’s temperature topped out at 41 degrees celsius (106 fahrenheit), creating serious worry among doctors.
Hendrick owns NASCAR’s most successful team and is one of the most successful car dealers in the United States.
Money is no object for the 74-year-old, but the gift Will gave to him is one money can’t buy.
At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Team Penske driver gave Hendrick one of his race-worn helmets.
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“My wife got very sick in the off-season and Rick was one of the first people to call me and help me out once we found out and put me in touch with the best doctors, the best people who could take care of her,” said Will.
“She was very close to dying. It was a very tough situation.
“He never stopped calling throughout the whole process… myself, my wife will never forget.
“I couldn’t think of what to get him – to get Mr Hendrick and that’s all I could think of that would be close to what I should get him.”
Hendrick was grateful for the gift that he said needn’t be given.
Nevertheless, it’ll be one of his prized possessions.
“Number one, I don’t need anything, but man, this is something I’ll treasure,” said Hendrick.
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“I’m honoured to have it. I’m just glad she’s OK.
“That helmet is very special to me because when I look at that helmet I think about life. I don’t just think about the helmet, I’ll think about life.”
Hendrick was present at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as his NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson completed rookie orientation at the famed Brickyard.