Tony Stewart accident latest update: Daytona International Speedway to miss him this year
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s dream of winning a championship this year and taking retirement by the year end seem to have been shattered by his latest road accident.
A few days after his accident, it has become amply clear that his plans for this year have been shattered.
Latest reports suggest that Tony Stewart is set to miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all terrain vehicle.
The news of his absence from the beginning of the season was announced by Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday.
His team Stewart-Haas Racing announcement saidÂ that the three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday and he had surgery Wednesday, the team said. A timetable for Stewart’s return has not been determined, but SHR said he is expected to make a full recovery and race this year.
Tony Stewart enjoys celebrity status.
Stewart is professional stock car racing driver. He owns and drives the No. 14 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing under crew chief Chad Johnston. From 1999 to 2008, he drove the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car, under crew chief Greg Zipadelli with The Home Depot as the primary sponsor. While driving for car owner Joe Gibbs, Stewart won two Cup Series championships in 2002 and 2005. In 2011, Stewart became the first owner-driver since Alan Kulwicki to win the Cup Series championship, which ended Jimmie Johnson’s streak of consecutive championships at five.
There is no denying the fact that he is the only driver to win the Cup Series championship under the old points system and the chase playoff format, and is the only driver to win the title under three different sponsorships (Winston in 2002, Nextel in 2005, and Sprint in 2011). He is also the first driver in the Cup Series to win the championship by virtue of a tie breaker (number of wins during the season is the first level tie breaker; Stewart had five while eventual runner-up Carl Edwards had one).
Meanwhile it is confirmed that drivers will have to report to Daytona next week to begin preparations for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 21. An interim driver for the No. 14 Chevrolet was not named Thursday.