Tuesday, August 12, 2014
RACING DRIVER KILLED BY CAR OF EX - NASCAR CHAMPION, STEWART
This is not the best of times in motorsports as racing driver has died after being struck by the car of three-time Nascar champion Tony Stewart during a local sprint race in New York.
Kevin Ward Jr, had collided on the previous lap of the dirt track race and the 20 year old climbed out of his car on to the track and was gesturing at Stewart in his passing car when he was struck.
"There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident," said 43 year old Stewart
"It's a very emotional time for all involved. My thoughts and prayers are with Kevin's family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy," his statement continued.
Stewart, who frequently competes at local sprint car events, was questioned by police and released.
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Stewart was "fully co-operative" and appeared "very upset".
He cancelled plans to compete in Sunday's Nascar Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.
"We were talking through the night, and we gave Tony some time to sleep on it," said team manager Greg Zipadelli.
"He feels strongly that this is the right thing to do. We at Stewart-Haas Racing strongly support it and agree with it."
Stewart is the co-owner of Nascar team Stewart-Haas Racing, having become driver-owner in 2008.
His most recent Nascar crown came in 2011, and he was number 83 on the Forbes list of highest paid athletes in 2013.