Update: Stewart Undergoes Successful Second Leg Surgery

Discussion in 'Featured Story' started by Stan Creekmore, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Stewart Undergoes Successful Second Leg Surgery

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (Aug. 8, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart underwent a successful second surgery on his right leg Thursday, Aug. 8 after suffering a broken tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Monday night, Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

    The first surgery, which happened early Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Iowa, served as a preliminary procedure to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury. The second surgery, by a specialist in North Carolina, involved inserting a metal rod inside the tibia, pressing it to its anatomic position.

    Stewart will remain hospitalized for observation. A discharge date has not been determined.

    Stewart’s injury will sideline him indefinitely from driving his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team he co-owns with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas.

    Veteran racer Max Papis is serving as the interim driver for Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event Aug. 9-11 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. An interim driver has not been determined for the following race Aug. 18 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, or for any future races.

    Stewart was leading the 30-lap American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) feature at Southern Iowa Speedway when a lapped car spun in front of him. Stewart hit the lapped car and flipped.

    Update:

    Max Papis will drive the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in relief of injured Tony Stewart in the Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Watkins Glen International, SHR announced Tuesday afternoon.

    Papis, 43, a road-course ace, tested the No. 14 Chevy for Stewart-Haas on July 30 at Road Atlanta.

    Stewart broke his tibia and fibula during a Sprint Car race Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. After being transported to a local hospital in an ambulance, Stewart underwent surgery, the team announced in a statement Tuesday morning.

    Stewart remains hospitalized under observation pending a second surgery, according to the team. There is currently no timetable for the three-time champion's return to competition.

    According to NASCAR policy, a driver must be cleared by a specialist in the specific area of an illness or injury before returning to competition.

    A full-time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011, Papis is winless in 92 combined starts in NASCAR's top three national series. He has 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts to his credit, most recently in August 2010 at Michigan.

    Papis' notched his lone top 10 in the Cup series at Watkins Glen in 2009. He has three top fives to his credit in the Nationwide Series, the best a second-place run in 2010 at Montreal, where Papis lost a drag race to the checkered flag to Boris Said by .012 seconds.

    The Italian-born driver has three Champ Car wins to his credit, two on road courses (Portland and Laguna Seca). Papis also started seven events in Formula One in 1995, with a best finish of seventh at Monza.

    Most recently, Papis teamed with Jeff Segal in a Ferrari 458 to win the GRAND-AM GT classification in the July 26 Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course.

    By Reid Spencer
    NASCAR Wire Service


    Update:
    Stewart To Miss Watkins Glen Due To Leg Surgery;
    Veteran Papis To Drive No. 14 Chevrolet This Weekend

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (Aug. 6, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart underwent surgery on his right leg early Tuesday morning, Aug. 6 after suffering a broken tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Monday night, Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart did not sustain any other injuries.

    The surgery served as a preliminary procedure to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury. A second surgery will be necessary. In the meantime, Stewart will remain hospitalized for observation.

    Stewart was leading the 30-lap American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) feature when a lapped car spun in front of him. Stewart hit the lapped car and flipped.

    Stewart’s injury will prevent him from competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event Aug. 9-11 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Veteran racer Max Papis will serve as the interim driver for Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen. Papis tested the No. 14 Chevrolet on July 30 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.

    Papis has made 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, with a career-best finish of eighth in 2009 at Watkins Glen. He has competed in Formula One, Indy car, sports cars and other NASCAR divisions, including the Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and Canadian Tire Series. He is a three-time CART race winner and a seven-time winner in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, which includes a Daytona Prototype victory at Watkins Glen in the 2004 Sahlen’s Sports Car Grand Prix. Papis won the 2004 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship with co-driver Scott Pruett and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona (2000 and 2002). Papis, 43, is from Como, Italy, and is a political science graduate of Milan University. He resides in Mooresville, N.C., with his wife, Tatiana, and sons, Marco and Matteo.

    Original News:

    Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart broke both major bones in his lower leg in a Sprint Car accident Monday night and will miss Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, putting his prospects of qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in jeopardy.

    "Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a broken right tibia and fibula in a Sprint Car crash Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa," said a statement released by Stewart-Haas Racing, which Stewart co-owns.

    Stewart, 42, was taken to a local hospital immediately after the accident and underwent surgery, according to the release.

    A replacement for Stewart at Watkins Glen has not been determined. SHR canceled a team test scheduled for Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

    Stewart currently is 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings with one victory, placing him in the first of two provisional Wild Card positions. Missing one race -- or more -- will make it difficult for Stewart to retain a Chase-eligible position and opens the door for teammate Ryan Newman, who is third in the Wild Card standings.

    There are five races left before the Chase field is set at Richmond.

    According to a report in the Des Moines Register, Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature of the Front Row Challenge with five laps left when Josh Higby's car spun in Turn 4 and took out the top-three drivers in the running order -- Stewart, Tasker Phillips and Tony Shilling.

    Conscious and responsive after the accident, Stewart was placed on a stretcher and transported to the hospital in an ambulance.

    The race continued, with Brian Brown beating NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie phenom Kyle Larson to the checkered flag.

    "I didn't see it happen," Larson told the Register. "I just saw cars going everywhere. I had to duck through the infield, and luckily I missed it."


    By Reid Spencer
    NASCAR Wire Service

Share This Page