Tony Stewart breaks leg, undergoes surgery following sprint car crash (VIDEO)

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UPDATE (1:28 p.m. ET): Video of the accident has now been posted to NASCAR.com, and is linked above. There is no immediate timetable set for his return and at the moment, no updates have come from the team on a replacement driver. Five races remain until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.

UPDATE (3:47 a.m. ET): Jenna Fryer of The Associated Press, Jeff Gluck of USA Today, and NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello are now relaying word from Stewart-Haas Racing that three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart suffered a broken right tibia and fibula and underwent surgery on his leg following a sprint car crash Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Stewart will miss at least this Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International and a replacement driver has yet to be determined at this time. The Associated Press reports that a further update on Stewart’s condition is expected for later this afternoon, and that SHR has canceled their scheduled test today at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart was leading a 30-lap feature race at SIS when, according to a report from Andy Hamilton of The Des Moines Register, he and two other drivers, Tasker Phillips and Tony Shilling, were collected by a spinning Josh Higday. An awake and alert Stewart was then placed on a stretcher for precautionary reasons and taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

Stewart is currently 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and one of the two drivers holding Wild Card transfer spots into the Chase for the Sprint Cup with five “regular season” races remaining.

His injury comes one week after he came out unscathed from a scary incident at the Ohsweken Speedway in Canada, which saw Stewart flip multiple times in a sprint car race. He came back and raced at Ohsweken the next night.

More to come…

The Callaway Corvette GT3 is coming to America, in PWC

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Pirelli World Challenge has been in need of some good news from a car count standpoint early into this offseason, and receives it Monday with confirmation Callaway Competition will bring its GT3-spec homologated Corvette C7 GT3-R Stateside next season.

The withdrawal of the factory Cadillac Racing program after PWC’s season finale in Sonoma in September has opened the door for the factory-blessed Corvette C7 GT3-R to run in North America, because Cadillac’s ATS-V.R has been the lone GT3-spec car under the General Motors awning for the last three seasons, while the Callaway Corvette has raced only internationally.

Reeves Callaway has been on site at the tail end of the PWC season to survey the opportunity and now a deal has been struck for a factory effort to run next year, before the Callaway Corvette program becomes a customer effort in 2019. This follows the same timeline as Acura did with its new NSX GT3 this year to run it as a factory program in 2017 before shifting to customer efforts in 2018.

“Joining the Pirelli World Challenge has been a long term objective for Callaway Competition,” Callaway said in a release. “Now the field is a roll-call of the most capable sports cars from every country. To do well here, you must beat the best in the world. What better way to showcase our iconic American car?

“For 2018, we will run a Callaway factory team to give us the best chance of continuing the championship record the Corvette has achieved in international competition. For 2019, we will not race against our customers, but provide high-quality support to them in the tradition of other manufacturer customer racing support programs.”

“For several years fans have asked when they would see the Callaway Corvette GT3 run in the Pirelli World Challenge,” added Greg Gill, President and CEO of Pirelli World Challenge. “The wait is over and we are very pleased to announce the arrival of the Callaway Corvette GT3 for the 2018 season.”

The Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R will be unveiled and both full season drivers announced at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis on December 7 at the Pirelli World Challenge booth. Following the unveiling event, the car will be on display for the remainder of the trade show. Details of the presentation will be announced in the coming weeks.

Callaway’s confirmation comes amidst the likely drawdown of potentially nine or 10 cars that raced in PWC’s GT and GTA ranks either all season or most of it in 2017, among at least five manufacturers. That’s not to say those losses can’t be recouped elsewhere on the grid, over the next several months before the St. Petersburg season opener in March.

PWC will hold its annual state of the series and competitor meeting to finalize the next year’s plans at the PRI show as well.