NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Hospitalized Following ATV Accident
Team Chevy driver and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has been hospitalized after being involved in an ATV mishap.
Stewart reportedly suffered a back injury as result of the ATV accident that transpired January 31st, but Stewart’s race team has not disclosed which West Coast hospital is currently providing care for the 44-year-old racecar driver.
Stewart was scheduled to drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race on February 13th.
Stewart-Haas Racing released the following statement:
“Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a back injury in a non-racing accident Sunday afternoon. Stewart was transported to a local hospital following the accident and is currently being evaluated. Stewart is awake and alert, and able to move all extremities. An update will be provided Thursday afternoon when more information is known.”
Stewart previously announced that 2016 would be his final season racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Stewart has 48 career victories, but hasn’t seen the checkered flag since being involved in a 2014 sprint-car accident that took the life of another driver.
“We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart’s accident and injury,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman. “On behalf of everyone at NASCAR, I wish Tony a full recovery and look forward to seeing him back in our sport when he’s ready to return.”
The season opening race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take place February 21st at Daytona International Speedway.