Tony Stewart to Miss Start of Sprint Cup Seasonby Kyle Pokrefky February 4, 2016 0 comments
Stewart-Haas Racing officials have released details regarding driver/owner Tony Stewart’s back injury suffered on Sunday, stating that the three-time Sprint Cup champion sustained a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra.
Stewart was injured over the weekend in an all-terrain vehicle accident while vacationing in Southern California.
Officials stated that the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet underwent surgery on Wednesday after being flown back to the Charlotte area on Tuesday evening.
Following the incident on Sunday, Stewart was admitted to a local hospital in California and was awake, alert and able to move all of his extremities.
The severity of the injury and its subsequent recovery time will force the 48-time Sprint Cup race winner to miss the beginning of what is to be his final season.
Stewart is expected to make a full recovery from his injury and will return to drive the No. 14 car at a later date.
No interim driver has been announced for Stewart’s car just yet, however, an announcement regarding who will stand in for Stewart is expected within the coming days ahead of the Daytona 500.
This will mark the second occasion in which Stewart will have missed races due to an injury.
In 2013, Stewart missed out on the last 15 races of the season after breaking bones in his right leg following a sprint car accident in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
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