Tony Stewart will miss the start of the season due to a back injury
Just three weeks before the 2016 Sprint Cup season opening at Daytona, things aren’t going well for the three-time champion Tony Stewart. Stewart Haas Racing driver might not start his last season at Daytona 500 because of back injuries he sustained in a non-automotive accident.
According to the statement issued by Stewart Haas Racing, Tony was injured on Sunday afternoon and was transported to a hospital in an undisclosed location. Luckily, he’s able to move his hands and legs, which leaves us hoping that the injuries are not as serious and that he will recover as soon as possible.
Stewart-Haas spokesperson Mike Arning indicated that an update on Stewart’s condition will be provided Thursday afternoon when more information is known.
We hope Stewart will recover in time for his last full season in NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Turns out the accident was somehow automotive related. Stewart injured his back in an ATV accident while on vacation and. sustained a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra.
Due to his injury, Stewart will miss the beginning of the season. A timetable for Stewart’s return has not been determined, but he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2016.