KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (Aug. 8,2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart underwent a successfulsecond surgery on his right leg Thursday, Aug. 8 after suffering a broken tibiaand fibula in a sprint car crash Monday night, Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedwayin Oskaloosa, Iowa.
The first surgery, whichhappened early Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Iowa, served as a preliminary procedure tostabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury. The second surgery, by a specialist inNorth Carolina, involved inserting a metal rod inside the tibia, pressing it toits anatomic position.
Stewart will remainhospitalized for observation. A discharge date has not been determined.
Stewart’s injury willsideline him indefinitely from driving his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team he co-ownswith Haas Automation founder Gene Haas.
Veteran racer Max Papis isserving as the interim driver for Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet during the NASCARSprint Cup Series event Aug. 9-11 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Aninterim driver has not been determined for the following race Aug. 18 atMichigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, or for any future races.
Stewart was leading the30-lap American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) feature at Southern Iowa Speedway whena lapped car spun in front of him. Stewart hit the lapped car and flipped.
About Stewart-Haas Racing:
Stewart-Haas Racing is thetitle-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cupchampion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largestCNC machine tool builder in the western world. The team fields three entries inthe elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet forStewart, the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet for 2008 Daytona 500 and 2013Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman, and the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for DanicaPatrick. Based in Kannapolis, N.C., Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a140,000-square-foot facility with more than 200 employees. For moreinformation, please visit us on the Web at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, onFacebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacingand follow on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng.