An attorney for the family of Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday called Tony Stewart’s account of what happened in last year’s fatal incident that resulted in Ward’s death “appalling.”
Attorney Mark Lanier, who represents Ward’s family, told The Associated Press in an email that five other drivers avoided Ward, but that Stewart “revved his engine and ran him over.”
Later Saturday, Lanier issued another statement to USA Today.
“Stewart and his lawyers should have watched the videos and listened to the audio before filing their court papers,” Lanier’s said in the statement. “If Stewart didn’t see Ward until just prior to impact, Stewart doesn’t look where he’s driving.”
Stewart’s attorneys on Friday filed papers in court giving Stewart’s side of what happened in the sprint car race in upstate New York. Brian Gwitt, one of Stewart’s attorneys, cited Ward was impaired by marijuana and that he likely would not have been killed had he not left his race car, which had wrecked on the previous lap.
Lanier told USA Today, “As for whether Ward had smoked marijuana a few days before the race, that doesn’t give Stewart the right to run Kevin over. Furthermore, Stewart never submitted to a drug test after killing Kevin.”
Ward’s family filed a civil suit against Stewart earlier this month, accusing him of gross negligence in the tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
A grand jury refused to indict Stewart on criminal charges last year, calling the incident “100 percent an accident.”
Ryan Luza won Tuesday night’s NASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race held on a digital Bristol Motor Speedway.
Luza, who competes for Williams ESports, claimed the win in a three-lap overtime finish over Garrett Lowe and Zack Novak.
Then event was slowed by five cautions in the last 48 laps of regulation, with the last one occurring with four laps left and forcing the overtime finish.
Luza is the first repeat winner of the season after winning consecutive events.
“We just had an amazing long-run car,” Luza said. “I had a pit stop malfunction on the first pit stop after we got to third on the first run. I was pretty upset. But we got another long run and we came flying through the field after about 30 laps. … I think we pretty much had the field covered on the long run there.”
The series’ next race is scheduled for April 14 on a digital Richmond Raceway.
- Ryan Luza (Williams eSports)
- Garrett Lowe (Wood Brothers Racing)
- Zack Novak (Richmond Raceway eSports)
- Michael Conti (JR Motorsports)
- Bobby Zalenski (Virtual Racing School)
- Brad Davies (JR Motorsports)
- Alex McCollum (G2 eSports)
- Michael Guest (Team Dillon eSports)
- Caine Cook (Renegades eSports)
- Justin Bolton (Stewart-Haas eSports
- Bob Bryant (Kyle Larson Racing eSports)
- Keegan Leahy (Denny Hamlin Racing)
- Nick Ottinger (William Byron eSports)
- Jake Nichols (Mode Motorsports)
- Ray Alfalla (Virtual Racing School)
- Christian Challiner (JTG Daugherty Racing)
- Graham Bowlin (Joe Gibbs Racing)
- Steve Sheehan (Kyle Larson Racing)
- Matt Bussa (Williams Esports
- Kollin Keister (Roush Fenway Racing)
- Logan Clampitt (Burton Kligerman eSports)
- Michael Guariglia (Jim Beaver eSports)
- Chris Shearburn (Letarte eSports)
- Jarl Teien (G2 eSports)
- Phil Diaz (Mode Motorsports)
- Brian Schoenburg (Clint Bowyer Racing)
- Casey Kirwan (Denny Hamlin Racing)
- John Gorlinsky (William Byron eSports)
- Ashton Crowder (Burton Kligerman eSports)
- Brandon Kettelle (Clint Bowyer Racing)
- Malik Ray (Joe Gibbs Racing)
- Jimmy Mullis (Richmond Raceway eSports)
- Chris Overland (Wood Brothers Racing)
- Santiago Tirres (Letarte eSports)
- Corey Vincent (Renegades)
- Dylan Duval (Stewart-Haas eSports)
- Jeremy Allen (JTG Daugherty Racing)
- Eric Smith (Jim Beaver eSports)
- Nathan Lyon (Roush Fenway Racing)
- Blake Reynolds (Dillon eSports)
The Joey Logano Foundation has established a $1 million COVID-19 response and recovery fund in partnership with Elevation Church, the foundation announced Tuesday.
The funding will address a variety of needs, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution and financial shortages throughout the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and communities across the United States. Elevation Church is based in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, North Carolina, and has locations in Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Canada.
“I’ve been blessed to have the ability to help others with our platform and for the past few weeks, the Joey Logano Foundation has been able to help in multiple ways on a local level,” Logano said in a statement. “However, (wife) Brittany and I knew we could do more and felt a huge calling to give on a larger capacity at a statewide and national level.
“Partnering up with Elevation Outreach couldn’t have been a better fit. At a blistering pace, Elevation Outreach and the Joey Logano Foundation have been able to create a $1,000,000 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, which will help provide funding and necessary supplies for organizations in need during this scary time. Part of JLF’s mission is to inspire others to live a life of generosity and our hope is that this Response and Recovery fund is a catalyst for others to be inspired to give back during this pandemic.”
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Last weekend’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series event from a virtual Texas Motor Speedway, drew 1.3 million viewers, breaking the record for eSports TV viewership set bv the previous week’s race.
The data is according to Nielsen Sports.
Last weekend’s event from the digital Texas Motor Speedway, won by Timmy Hill, was broadcast on FOX and FS1. Not all FOX markets aired the race.
The previous record for eSports viewership on TV was 903,000 for the March 22 race from a digital Homestead-Miami Speedway that Denny Hamlin won and aired on FS1. The Texas viewership was 1,339,000.
The next event in the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series takes place at 1 p.m. ET Sunday from a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast on FOX, FS1 and the Fox Sports App.
With NASCAR racing postponed through early May at this point, drivers are spending their time on their iRacing simulators.
The eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series continues this weekend with drivers competing at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. Denny Hamlin won the opening race at a digital Homestead-Miami Speedway. Timmy Hill won last weekend’s race at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway.
Here’s a look at the various sim rigs drivers are using.