NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is reportedly involved in a on-track accident that left one one Super Sprint driver dead after an accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night.
A press release from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office named Tony Stewart as the driver that was involved in an accident with a driver identified in other media. The Sheriff’s office describes the accident in the following statement:
“On Saturday August 9, 2014, at or about 10:30 PM there was an on track incident at the Exit of Turn 2 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, during the Lucas Oil Super Sprint Feature race. The race was in lap 14 of a 25 lap race, when one car lost control and spun coming to rest along the outside retaining wall. The race was immediately put into caution, slowing the cars on the track. The driver of the car that spun, exited the race car and walked down the track onto the racing surface. Two racecars traveling in tandem approached as the driver continued down the track, gesturing to the two approaching cars. The first car swerved to avoid the driver out on the track. The second car, operated by Tony Stewart, struck the driver. The driver was treated by on track medical staff and was transported to F.F. Thompson Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 11:15 PM. At this point, Mr. Stewart has cooperated with the investigation, which is ongoing. “– Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
I have seen the video on youtube that appears to be hosted by the Law Office of John M. Phillips. The video appears to show the entire incident. The USA Today is reporting that Stewart-Haas Racing will continue as normal at today’s Sprint Cup Race at Watkins Glen International. Stewart returned to racing sprint cars this year after being breaking his leg and causing him to sit out much of the 2013 season.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.
In a press conference at Watkins Glen it was reported that Regan Smith will sub for Tony Stewart in today’s race.
Zipadelli says decision not to drive was Tony Stewart’s. “We fully support it.”
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 10, 2014
UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.
Tony Stewart has issued a statement reading:
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”