By AMANDA VINCENT
Injured NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was evaluated by doctors on Wednesday, and his Stewart-Haas Racing team provided a public update on Stewart’s recovery from his burst fracture back injury suffered Jan. 31 in an all-terrain vehicle accident on the West Coast.
Below, is the statement from SHR on Wednesday:
“Tony Stewart was evaluated today by doctors, who checked on the injury he sustained in a Jan. 31 all-terrain vehicle accident where the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra.
“Satisfied with the amount of healing that has taken place, doctors implemented a rehabilitation regiment that will hasten Stewart’s recovery. Future evaluations will be necessary before a timetable is known for Stewart’s return to racing.
“A full recovery is expected for the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, as is a return to the No. 14 Chevrolet this season. Plans for an interim driver have not been finalized.”
The 2016 will be Stewart’s last as a Sprint Cup Series driver. Through the first three races of the season, Ty Dillon and Brian Vickers have shared the seat in Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet. Dillon has been speculated to be the driver in races in which Bass Pro Shops is slated to be primary sponsor on the car, with Vickers expected to continue driving the car in other races.
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