Looking forward to the rest of our lives @Amy_Reimann.Earnhardt and Reimann had dated since 2009 and got engaged in June 2015 while on vacation in Germany.MORE: Key career moments | Junior quiets retirement talk | Sunday observations "Amy has been there every step of the way pushing me to stay focused and to realize the progress we have made and to keep working hard," said Earnhardt, who will miss the rest of the 2016 NASCAR season but hopes to return for 2017's season-opening Daytona 500.Though Earnhardt has a ways to go before he can resume racing, he says he's making progress in his daily life. Micky Collins' goal "to get Dale feeling as normal as a human being." "Aside from just not being at the track and doing what I'm used to doing, the first four or five weeks were really difficult," Earnhardt said Sunday in a news conference at Darlington Raceway."When I first saw Dale a month and a half ago, I can tell you he was pretty sick," said Collins, who said Earnhardt was having problems with both his vision and balance as well as anxiety and mood swings. He is having fewer and fewer symptoms and is doing very well."When I first saw Dale, my goal was to see Dale become a human being again and I can tell you with confidence that is occurring in front of our eyes. "To me, that is the number one goal is to get Dale feeling as normal as a human being.And then you'll walk outside and realize you're not.Or, you go somewhere and you'll have a symptom and realize that you've still got a ways to go." MORE: Fans should prepare for the inevitable | Future for No. Without her, this would be nearly impossible to go through," Earnhardt said.
But in the past couple of weeks I've really gotten to where I feel a lot more comfortable about going out and doing and being out an about and being observed." Earnhardt said simple trips to the store were a challenge.
She even does the exercises that I'm doing just to be healthy herself." Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt chuckled when asked if he and Reimann had to alter plans, including their offseason wedding. "Yeah, we've got some great things that me and her are going to do this offseason that I'm excited about," he said. We're very fortunate that our plans are going to work out just fine." Sunday's media conference was Earnhardt's second trip to the track since he decided he needed medical attention after July 9's race at Kentucky.
He missed the first of six races at New Hampshire on July 17.
88 car team Earnhardt credits his fiancée for helping him work through those daily challenges and return to a normal life. "So, that's been awesome to have her with me every day, and available to help me.
And she doesn't complain and she's right there with me doing all the exercises.
Dedicated: Earnhardt, 40, and interior designer Reimann, 34, have been dating since 2009. "''We've talked about it,' Earnhard said of a possible engagement ring in February.