Sam Bass, NASCAR's first officially licensed artist, continues to recover from surgery for complications resulting from another severe blood infection.
A life long Type 1 diabetic, Bass was hospitalized twice in 2014 and spent 10 weeks in treatment as a result of sepsis, a severe blood disorder that often results in loss of limbs or even death.
"I tremendously appreciate the prayers and continued support of everyone during this extremely difficult time," Bass said in a statement released Wednesday.
Bass expects to be released from the hospital later this week to continue his recovery from home.
Bass' battle with sepsis began in February 2014. Complications with the severe blood infection resulted in multiple surgeries and led to a long road to recovery. Able to return to the track just three months later, Bass suffered another setback in October 2014, when a less severe infection returned to his bloodstream.
Located adjacent to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, Bass' personal studio and motorsports art gallery is available for group tours, media events, private parties and corporate hospitality.