So scary. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is currently being hospitalized for a back injury he suffered in a non-racing accident on Jan. 31. Tony was actually driving an ATV when the accident occurred, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Feb. 2. Find out all the details here.
Poor Tony Stewart. The NASCAR champion was rushed to the hospital on Sunday, Jan. 31 after suffering a back injury while driving an ATV. At this time, he’s awake, alert and able to move his arms and legs, but any further announcements about his condition won’t be made until Thursday, Feb. 4.
Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning told ESPN that Tony’s accident happened on Sunday, Jan. 31, on the West Coast. Mike also said Tony is “awake, alert and able to move his extremities,” but that’s all he can share at this time.
Tony was at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday evening, Jan. 30, and he was interviewed on live television from the event. It’s so sad to watch the video and know that just a few short hours later, he got into a scary accident that has left him hospitalized.
“We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart’s accident and injury,” NASCAR chairman Brian France said. “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.”
Tony previously stated that 2016 would be his final Sprint Cup season, according to ESPN, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to attend the first practice at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 12.
And as HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Tony was involved in another accident on August 9, 2014 — one that was fatal. Tony struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr., 20, with his car at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York during the Empire Super Sprints series event.
Our thoughts go out to Tony Stewart at this time — we hope he makes and full and quick recovery.