Another day in the tumultuous life of Tony Stewart. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering a back injury while riding an ATV, the Associated Press reports, just a week ahead of the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Unlimited event at Daytona.
Little is known about the ATV accident, however Stewart-Haas racing spokesman Mike Arning told AP it happened on the West Coast and that Stewart is able to move all his extremities. He is being treated at an undisclosed hospital and an update on his condition is expected Thursday.
“We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart’s accident and injury,” NASCAR chairman Brian France said in a prepared statement. “On behalf of everyone at NASCAR, I wish Tony a full recovery and look forward to seeing him back in our sport when he’s ready to return.”
Stewart, 45, is set to retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2016 season. He had previously stated he hoped to win his first Daytona 500 in his final year in the series, but whether or not he competes in the February 21st race at all will depend on the severity of his condition.