Steve Owen was hospitalised after the exhaustive conditions at the Clipsal 500 got the better of him. Drama unfolded on the track after Steve passed out while at the wheel of the number 55 Autobarn Racing VZ Commodore and parked it against the wall at turn 9.
Owen was rushed to Royal Prince Albert Hospital suffering from severe dehydration and heat exhaustion caused by the high temperatures recorded in the cars. Temperatures reported by telemetry from other teams were in excess of 65 degrees celcius inside the cockpit.
Steve's stay in hospital was extended after he developed a kidney infection as a result of the dehydration. He has made a strong recovery and looks forward to a strong result in this weekend event.