Followup: Tony Stewart out ‘indefinitely’ after leg surgery

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Driver Tony Stewart prepares for a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Tony Stewart’s passion for racing is likely going to prevent him from having a hope of capturing his fourth Sprint Cup Championship. Stewart currently sits eleventh in the championship, but after a second surgery for the broken leg he suffered in a sprint car crash earlier this week, his second wreck in less than two weeks, Stewart-Haas Racing says the 42-year-old veteran will be out of the car “indefinitely,” according to USA Today.

While Stewart’s first surgery was at an Iowa hospital, it only stabilized and cleaned the injury (making it likely that this was a compound fracture, in which the bone protruded through the skin, Google if you dare). The second surgery was conducted by a North Carolina specialist, who inserted a metal rod in the tibia (the larger of the two lower leg bones Stewart broke, located on the inside of the leg).

Max Papis is slated to run Stewart’s number 14 Chevrolet at this weekend’s Watkins Glen road race. As for the oval races Stewart will miss, a replacement has not been announced. USA Today also notes that this weekend will be the first race Stewart has missed since 1998, breaking a record that placed him third among active drivers.

Tony Stewart out ‘indefinitely’ after leg surgery originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Watch Tony Stewart violently crash a Sprint Car

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Tony Stewart crash video

Tony Stewart is a racecar driver. There aren’t really any ifs, ands or buts about that. Unlike the sheltered stars of other sports that would rarely be caught dead around the lower levels, Stewart actively seeks out midget and sprint races, often on dirt tracks around the country. Stewart got started in these smaller, local events, and hasn’t stopped racing in them since hitting it big.

His latest outing, at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, didn’t end quite so well, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, who currently sits at eleventh in the Sprint Cup standings after a fourth place finish at the Brickyard 400, popped up for the Northern Summer Nationals sprint car race, and was duking it out with the eventual race winner when he ran wide in the middle of the corner. It looks like he picked up some debris, which was enough to send the car tumbling across the top of the track.

Thankfully, the crash looked a lot worse than it actually was, and Stewart walked away. Take a look at the full video below.

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Official: Bob Lutz, Jackie Stewart among Automotive Hall of Fame inductees

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Bob Lutz

Jackie StewartThe Automotive Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees, and both Bob Lutz (above) and Jackie Stewart (right inset) are among the lucky handful of honorees. A total of ten individuals from automotive past and present are being inducted for 2013. Those include Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, the duo who founded Aston Martin some 100 years ago, as well as David E. Cole, the founder of the Center for Automotive Research. Cole also served as the director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation.

Bob Lutz likely needs no introduction. He’s served as an executive with multiple automakers, but is most well-known for his time at both Chrysler and as General Motors vice chairman. Jackie Stewart, meanwhile, remains one of the world’s top racing drivers. Having competed in Formula One, Can Am and nearly every other venue that pits two cars against each other or the clock, Stewart is a legend of motorsport.

The Automotive Hall of Fame is also giving the Distinguished Service Citation Award to four individuals, including Bo Anderson. Anderson is the president and CEO of Russia’s GAZ Group and is largely responsible for helping turn the company around. Neil De Koker, founding president of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association will also receive the award as will James McElya. McElya helped steer Cooper-Standard through a difficult restructuring.

Bob Lutz, Jackie Stewart among Automotive Hall of Fame inductees originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Jun 2013 07:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Supercross champ James Stewart arrested for impersonating police officer

Filed under: Motorsports, Truck, Etc., Government/Legal, Toyota, Motorcycle, Celebrities

AMA Supercross champ James Stewart with his truck

James “Bubba” Stewart, Jr., two-time AMA Supercross champion, was reportedly arrested in Osceola County, Florida on Monday night on charges of impersonating a police officer. Stewart allegedly approached a car on State Road 417 in his 2008 Toyota Tundra and turned on a set of red-and-blue flashing lights. When the car pulled over, the occupants identified themselves as two off-duty Florida state troopers and an off-duty Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Oops.

With that revelation, ESPN reports that Stewart sped away from the officers, who phoned in a description of his rather distinctive-looking truck. Not long after, Stewart was pulled over near Orlando International Airport and the lights were found in his passenger’s luggage. The Toyota was impounded.

Stewart has been charged with impersonating an officer, and his friend has been charged with tampering with evidence, both felonies. Stewart and his friend both posted bail and were released on Tuesday morning.

Stewart has since apologized for the incident, saying without apparent irony that he wants to prove he’s “someone who upholds the law.”

[Source: ESPN, Motorcycle USA | Image: N-Fab]

Report: Supercross champ James Stewart arrested for impersonating police officer originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart drives into retirement with big sell-off

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1972 Funco SS1

Ivan “Ironman” Stewart has retired, and the legendary off-road racer didn’t play around when it came to getting out of the game. This weekend, 650 items from his 37-year racing career are being auctioned off, including the entire Pro Truck business he’s been running for the last ten years.

Items up for bid range from pieces of racing history like the restored Funco SS1 buggy (above) that ran the 1976 Baja 1000, to racing miscellany like antique fire sprinklers and five antique folding seats. Not bad if you want to sprinkle your souvenir room with a little bit of Stewart’s dust.

[Sources: AutoWeek, McCormack Auction Company]

Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart drives into retirement with big sell-off originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Aug 2010 15:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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