NASCAR driver Tony Stewart recently suffered an injury that resulted in him breaking his leg. He will now be replaced by Mark Martin at the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Martin will race for his new team in the remaining 12 races of the season. Martin has been involved in racing partially with Michael Waltrip Racing. He will now be taking over at Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the remainder of the season. Austin Dillon will be taking over at Talladega. After the announcement, Martin said that he is extremely happy and privileged to be selected for this role.
He has paid tribute to Tony Stewart by saying that he is one of the best racers in the business. However, he is extremely sorry to hear that he has suffered his major injury. After the announcement came, Stewart-Haas competition director Greg Zipadelli praised Martin by saying that his experience will be crucial to the team. The team will be looking to maximise the ownership points in the remaining 12 races. They are currently chasing the #39 car of Ryan Newman. Stewart is currently expected to return to his seat at the start of next season.
Zipadelli has confirmed that the team will be monitoring the progress of their driver and he is not going to be hurried.
“I’m incredibly honoured. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding how Tony could possibly feel that way towards me when the guy is so amazing; the modern-day AJ Foyt. When I was growing up, AJ drove anything and everything and was fast and won in everything he drove. And Tony is the guy today, and is successful at it,” said Martin. “Obviously we’re still racing for a spot in the Chase with the #39 car of Ryan Newman, and we’ll do the best we can with owner points,” said Zipadelli.