Bristol, TN, United States (4E Sports) – Tony Stewart plans to make Sprint cars more safe and to continue driving those next season after he recovers from a broken leg suffered in an Aug. 5 race in Iowa.
The three-time Sprint Cup champion revealed his plans on the radio program “Winged Nation”.
Mark Martin, who will replace Stewart for 12 of the final 13 Cup races this season, said that the drive shaft essentially came through the cockpit and hammered on Stewart’s right leg, breaking the tibia and fibula.
According to Martin, Stewart went into great detail on how that area of the car will be addressed, “preventing that from happening again in sprint cars.”
“There is protection, but obviously that hoop that is there is not enough to contain it. I think that is the area they are working in,” added SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli.
Despite Stewart saying on radio that he plans to ride sprint cars again, Zipadelli insists that it’s too early to get into whether Stewart will drive Sprint cars again as everyone at SHR needs to get through what has happened.
Zipadelli said Stewart continues to struggle with not being in the car.
“He’s a racer. He loves to do what he does,” said Zipadelli, who added that he can’t guarantee whether Stewart will be back at Daytona in February.
Meanwhile, the 54-year-old Martin will begin his stint as Stewart’s replacement in Saturday night’s race at Bristol.
“I’m a little bit nervous about today because I feel like it is an extraordinary challenge,” said Martin.”I’ve switched around a lot, but usually you have a couple of months and a test or two to get together.”