Canandaigua Motorsports Park cancels Wednesday’s races

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Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, the site of Saturday night’s fatal racing incident that involved NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart and took the life of sprint car racer Kevin Ward Jr., has announced that it will cancel its slate of races for this Wednesday.

The announcement came in a statement from track promoter Jeremie Corcoran.

In the statement, Corcoran offered his condolences to the family of Ward, the 20-year-old competitor that was struck by Stewart’s car after walking down the racing surface to confront the three-time Sprint Cup champion following an on-track incident.

Corcoran also asked the fans to “hold on to your integrity and have compassion for everyone involved in this,” likely referring to the many opinions that have been lodged since the tragedy took place.

He also thanked the track’s medical staff for their efforts on Saturday and explained why the track’s Facebook page was taken down for a short time on Sunday.

Here is the full statement in its entirety:

Meanwhile, another short track, Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway, has announced on its Twitter account that a planned race by Stewart scheduled for this coming Saturday will not occur.

Yesterday, Stewart did not compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International and was replaced in the No. 14 car by Regan Smith.

During the race, Stewart released a statement expressing his sadness over Saturday’s events at Canandaigua.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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