Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was released from the hospital Sunday night. The 42-year-old underwent two surgeries to repair the leg he broke in a sprint car race in Iowa last week and will be resting at home.
His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted the news on Sunday night: “TonyStewart is out of the hospital & resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx for the thoughts & prayers.” The tweet closed with a “SmokeWillRise” hashtag.
Because of the injury, Stewart was forced to miss the Watkins Glen International on Sunday, a race he has won five times.
Max Papis filled in for Stewart at Watkins Glen and finished 15th. Stewart, meanwhile, saw his streak of 521 Sprint Cup starts end as he dropped six spots to 17th in the points standings and is expected to miss significantly more time.
Despite his absence, Stewart still had a presence at the race.
Several drivers had stickers on their cars honoring Stewart with the message: “Get Well Smoke 14.”
A replacement for Stewart has not yet been named for Sunday’s race in Michigan, but Stewart-Haas competition director Greg Zipadelli said a decision to name a driver would come as early as Monday.