Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’
Tony Stewart on Friday talked about the fatal incident in New York. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
A visibly shaken Tony Stewart addressed the media on Friday for the first time since he was involved in a sprint car race incident which claimed the life of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt track in New York state.
Stewart read a prepared statement during a press conference in the media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of this week’s Sprint Cup race – a race that marks the return of the three-time Cup champion to a race car.
“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with,” Stewart said, with voice shaking, “both professionally and personally. This is definitely something that will affect my life forever. This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life.
“With that being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and friends are experiencing is something that I can’t possibly imagine. I want Kevin’s father, Kevin Sr., and his mother, Pam and his sisters…to know that every day I’m thinking about them and praying for them.
“The racing community is a large family, as you guys know, and everybody’s sadden with this tragedy. I want to thank all my friends and family for all their support at this emotional time, and the support from the NASCAR community, our partners, all of employees has been overwhelming.”
Stewart announced Thursday that he would return to the driver’s seat this weekend.
Stewart sat out the past three races – at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway in Read the full story »