It seems Tony Stewart has something to celebrate about. The three-time champion was recently given the all clear by his doctor to drive. However, he is only limited to street cars at the moment. And at the moment, that’s all he’s been doing.
During a recent interview with Sirius XM NASCAR Radio following the Good Sam 500 on Sunday, Stewart confessed that he has already been getting behind the wheel even before he visited his doctor last March 9. “The funny part was when the doctor told me, or the surgeon cleared me to drive a street car. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’ve been driving for almost three weeks,” Stewart said.
It has been some time since his accident involving an all-terrain vehicle while he was on vacation, but Stewart has not been cleared to get back behind the wheel of a NASCAR car just yet. After all, the accident he suffered last January 31 left him with a burst fracture of his first lumbar (L1) vertebra. This is the uppermost bone in the lower back. He had to undergo surgery following the accident.
Today, things seems to be looking up for Stewart. He says his x-rays are looking good. ” “It wasn’t really to see about the bone growth as much as just making sure the rods and screws were staying in place where they wanted them. They (doctors) were really happy,” he said. In fact, the champion driver and team co-owner has even been well enough to be present on the track during the last three race weekends.
Meanwhile, as Stewart continues to recover, the Stewart-Haas Racing team has announced that Brian Vickers will once again sub for Stewart during the Auto Club 400 Race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on March 20.
During the weekend, Vickers will also be partnering with Janssen to help raise awareness about signs and symptoms of blood clots. Hence, Vickers will drive the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS during the fifth event in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.