According to NASCAR.com, Donald "DJ" Richardson, the rear-tire changer for Richard Childress Racing & Kevin Harvick's #29 team passed away last night at the age of 37 from the H1N1 Virus.
Richardson, a native of Leominster, Mass and was hospitalized earlier this month from severe complications of the virus. He contracted H1N1 during a trip to Massachusetts during the Thanksgiving Holiday's. On December 7th, RCR issued a press release stating that his condition worsened and was taken to the Leominster Hospital where they quickly admitted him in ICU for Respiratory Distress Syndrome. He passed away shortly after 10pm on 12/25/2010.
Richardson began his Cup Series career with Andy Petree Racing in 1999. He had also worked for Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Braun Racing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this tragic time.