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.

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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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Mad Men go racing: Ridley & Tony Scott developing Le Mans period drama

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Le Mans the film

Everybody loves Mad Men. It’s a hit TV show that has something for everyone. Heck, it even features some nice old cars, like the pimpin’ Lincoln that Betty Draper inherited from her father, and discussions around the office on marketing import cars for the first time in America. But what the series really needs – well, what we really need, anyway – is some good ol’ classic racing action. Enter Hollywood producers Ridley and Tony Scott.

The British brothers’ production company Scott Free just signed on to a project called The Drivers. It’s based on Wallace A. Wyss’ book “Shelby: The Man, the Cars, the Legend,” which was optioned for the screen and is reportedly being turned into a television drama.

The series is set to follow the daring drivers from the U.S. and Europe who raced the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1950s and 1960s – one of the most exciting periods in racing history with plenty of material to draw on. There’s no telling at this point when the project will begin filming, let alone air, but the notion of a Mad Men-style show set at La Sarthe has got our TiVos twitching already. Thanks for the tip, Peter!

[Source: Deadline.com]

Mad Men go racing: Ridley & Tony Scott developing Le Mans period drama originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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