Understanding Stewart is to know he races, whenever and wherever he can

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One of the questions that’s been asked over the last few days since the accident Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that ultimately claimed Kevin Ward Jr.’s life was why Tony Stewart was racing there in the first place.

The simple answer is because he can, and because he wants to.

Stewart has returned to the dirt track scene this season following his recovery from last year’s accident at Iowa where he broke his leg and was ruled out for the remainder of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

In his first race back, he won. A Michigan dirt track owner praised Stewart’s presence at the event. But Stewart understandably faced a melancholy return to Iowa in his first race back there, which occurred last week.

As time permits, Stewart races his sprint car on dirt tracks around the country. It’s something he’s done for the entirety of his career; it fuels him and ignites his passion.

As his own team boss at Stewart-Haas Racing, Stewart can make the call as to whether he wants to keep going on dirt. Even though he’s been through a rough stretch of accidents in the last year or so, he still is inclined to keep going.

So Saturday night, he went to yet another small dirt track in New York, and raced. It would have been a bigger surprise had he not gone.

Sadly, this race featured tragic consequences.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.