NASCAR driver Tony Stewart went silent following the incident that caused the death of fellow sprint car racer Kevin Ward, Jr., even as the rest of the racing world responded. He just released his first statement in regards to the death of Ward, and it's pretty much what you'd expect.
Here's the statement in full:
There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It's a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I've decided not to participate in today's race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and everyone affected by this tragedy.
It's a bit short, but Stewart is probably being advised by a whole host of people right now about his legal options in the wake of the incident, and it's probably best not to say too much when your actions contributed at least somewhat to the death of another person.
I'm sure we'll be hearing much more from Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing, NASCAR, the Ward family, and, of course, from law enforcement, fairly soon.
UPDATE: The Ward family has released a statement of its own, in response to the death of Kevin. Ward's parents were reportedly in the stands watching the race, according to local ABC affiliate WHAM:
"We appreciate the prayers and support we are receiving from the community, but we need time to grieve and wrap our heads around all of this."
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