NASCAR Cup: Tony Stewart won’t be backed by insurance company in civil suit
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By AMANDA VINCENT
No matter the decision in a lawsuit the family of Kevin Ward Jr. has filed against three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver and two-time Cup championship car owner Tony Stewart, Axis Insurance Company, with which Stewart has a policy, will not have to foot the bill.
According to Utica, N.Y., US District Court Judge David Hurd, the policy Stewart has with Axis “unambiguously limited” Axis’ liability for some races. According to Hurd’s decision, the policy covered Stewart for 105 “specified events,” but the sprint car race at Canadaigua (Nl.Y.) Motorsports Park in Aug. 2014 in which Stewart was involved in an incident that resulted in Ward’s death was not one of them.
After crashing, Ward exited his car and ran toward Stewart’s car as cars rounded the track under caution. The track was dimly-lit for the night race, and Ward wore a black racing uniform. Ward also was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the incident. Stewart was cleared of criminal wrongdoing by an Ontario County (N.Y.) grand jury.
Ward’s family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Stewart last year.