Stewart's Infection Responding to Treatment
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on October 18, 2013 | 7:40 P.M. EST
Greg Zipadelli says that the infection in Tony Stewart's right leg is responding to treatment and that Stewart should be able to do physical therapy within two weeks. (Photo: Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, Ala. _ Tony Stewart’s infection has responded to treatment, and he should be cleared within two weeks for physical therapy, said Greg Zipadelli, competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Stewart had a third surgery on his right leg Oct. 7 for an infection. He noted in an online video chat this week on NASCAR.com he was looking forward to a doctor’s visit to see how the leg was responding.
Zipadelli said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway that “everything looked as good as it possibly could’’ with Stewart’s leg.
Zipadelli said that Stewart is “laying low’’ this week. Stewart, who suffered a broken leg in an Aug. 5 sprint car crash is Iowa, is not expected to be at Talladega this weekend but might go to Martinsville Speedway next weekend.
Stewart’s health was only part of the good news this week at Stewart-Haas Racing. Crew chief Rodney Childers tweeted Friday that he can begin work at the shop next week. Childers will be Kevin Harvick’s crew chief next season. Zipadelli said that Michael Waltrip Racing released Childers from his contract, allowing Childers to begin working at Stewart-Haas Racing before the end of the season.
Zipadelli said having Childers in the shop will be beneficial.
“He can start and put his people together,’’ Zipadelli said. “His priority will be at the shop getting things organized because that’s the new team. There’s nothing. I’ve been ordering toolboxes, (ordering the team’s) trailer, pitboxes and all that stuff. It will be nice to hand off a bunch of that stuff. That will help a lot.’’
Zipadelli also said that team is still working on getting a crew chief for Kurt Busch for next season.
“We’ve still a handful of options and we’re just kind of working through those,’’ Zipadelli said.
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