NASCAR Hall of Famer and former three-time Cup champion David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered on Dec. 9.

Pearson's family released a statement Wednesday that says he is "doing great and well on the road to recovery." The statement said the 80-year-old Pearson is "80 to 85 percent back to normal" and a full recovery is expected soon.

The family says the stroke affected his left side, but he is able to walk slowly and his arm is continuing to gain maneuverability. He is continuing to undergo therapy on his arm and leg.

Pearson's 105 Cup wins are second-most all-time behind Richard Petty (200).