While no exact recovery time-table has been given yet regarding NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart’s broken leg, Greg Zipadelli, competition director of Stewart-Haas Racing, said the company will still prioritize accruing points these next few weeks as Stewart recovers. Max Papis, who has raced in 35 Cup events, will be filling in for Stewart this weekend.
We need the next two or three weeks lined up (with another driver), and that’s what we’re going to start working on this afternoon or tomorrow.
In the next 24 to 48 hours (after Stewart’s second surgery), we will have a much better idea of exactly what the healing process will be and will be able to do a better job of (saying whether it is) six weeks or is it longer? We really do not have an answer for that right now. (USA Today Sports)
Zipadelli also touched on Stewart’s tendency to compete in events outside the official ones sponsored by Stewart-Haas (which is what he was doing when he broke his leg):
I think that as many races as he’s run in the past, we’re probably lucky that this is the first time we’re dealing with this, to be perfectly honest with you… I think me and him and everybody around us didn’t think Superman could get hurt. This is his day.
We wish Stewart the best with his recovery and hope he can be back on the track soon.
[Source: USA Today Sports]