NEW YORK (AP) -- A severe case of the flu put four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon in the hospital for an overnight stay and forced him to cancel a trip to France for an all-star race.
Gordon became dehydrated and spent Wednesday night receiving intravenous fluids. He was released from the hospital Thursday but still was ailing, spokesman Jon Edwards said.
Edwards said Robbie Loomis, the crew chief on Gordon's No. 24 Nextel Cup car, flew to New York to fill in for the driver at a breakfast Friday morning.
Gordon hoped to be well enough attend to the NASCAR awards ceremony Friday night.
Four-time champion Gordon had been scheduled to leave following the NASCAR function and travel with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to Paris to represent the United States on Saturday in the Race of Champions Nations Cup, an event matching drivers from all over the world.
Officials were undecided Thursday on a replacement for Gordon.