Will Nascar driver Tony Stewart rethink about his retirement plans? The pro driver who released a statement earlier about his retirement after the Spring Club racing this season was injured on Sunday in a “non-racing accident”.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Stewart-Haas Racing released a statement on Tuesday stating that Tony Stewart was taken to a local hospital and is being evaluated at the local medical facility.
The source read, “Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning confirmed to the Observer that Stewart was injured while driving an all-terrain vehicle on the West Coast.”
The source also reported that the accidents happened just three weeks before the season-opening Daytona 500. Stewart will be retiring after the Spring Club racing title. The 44-year-old racer hasn’t won the Daytona 500 championship ever.
His career had been hit with injuries back in 2013 when he broke his leg during a spring car race. He missed 15 races that season. He even missed three racing events in 2014 due to a car accident which claimed the life of another driver.
NASCAR chairman Brian France said in the statement, “He is awake and alert and able to move his extremities.”
“We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart’s accident and injury. 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.”
Stewart is one of the biggest names in the Nascar circuit. According to the Reuters reports, the three time Nascar is expecting his medical results on Thursday.
Daytona 500 is scheduled for Feb. 21.