Chris Bundas –
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart hit and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. after an on-track crash altercation sent the 20-year-old Ward into the wall, retiring him from the race.
According to footage and eye-witnesses reports, Ward exited his car frustrated, and began walking toward Stewart as he came back around the track under a yellow flag. Stewart’s car then came into contact with Ward, who was sucked under Stewart’s car and then thrown back toward the wall.
Ward was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.
Stewart did not race at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR race the following day.
The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Office issued a statement saying that Stewart is fully cooperating with the investigation, and has not been placed under arrest. They are not investigating the incident as a criminal matter.
Please be advised that this footage is graphic, a man loses his life.
To me it seems that all the other cars were slowing down — you can hear the downshifting and the low revs. Stewart seems to be going faster than most on the caution. My question is: why if the race became under caution, was Stewart going that fast? He had a whole lap to slow down once the yellow flag came out, being part of the initial incident.
I could be wrong, but that’s what it seems to my eye from this footage.