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 excited about driving cars if there was any risk other than the typical risk that every driver faces on Sunday, said Earnhardt, who also suffered two concussions early in his career. I feel very coonfident in what Ive seen in myself, my improvement and I feel confident in what my doctors tell me about my future. Adrian Phillips Jersey. Earnhardt said he does not expect he will have to undergo additional tests because of his concussion history if he gets into a crash, other than the evaluation given to any other driver.I have a personal responsibility to myself, to be smart, make great decisions for myself, Earnhardt said. My health is No. 1. ... Im not going to take any unnecessary risks with my own health.The driver said beyond having a new helmet, he also has not changed any of his safety devices inside the race car.I feel real good about what we have [in the car], he said. I did get my head scanned for a new helmet, but thats just supposed to make it fit better, be more comfortable.During the test Wednesday, Earnhardt would drive the car for 15-30 laps and then would be evaluated by his doctor during a 20-minute break. The test lasted about five hours, and Earnhardt said it helped him build his confidence.A lot of things he was checking -- visual and balance and so forth -- actually strengthened throughout the process [as] you sort of get acclimated and up to speed with what it takes to kind of drive a race car, Earnhardt said.Hendrick said having Earnhardt out of the car kind of deflates the place -- and now that he is back ready to race, it has reinvigorated the organization. Earnhardt has 26 career Cup wins and has won NASCARs most popular driver award for 14 consecutive years.Earnhardt will test again Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Pho