Sheriff: Stewart crash investigation to continue “for at least another 2 weeks”

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The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department has announced that the ongoing investigation into the fatal sprint car crash on Aug. 9 that involved Tony Stewart and killed Kevin Ward Jr. will continue “for at least another two weeks.”

Sheriff Philip C. Povero released the following statement less than an hour ago:

The investigation into the death of Kevin A. Ward Jr., which occurred August 9, 2014, at the Canandaigua, New York Motorsports Park will continue for at least another two weeks. The Ontario County Office of Sheriff has reviewed this investigation, as it has been developed to date, with members of the District Attorney’s Office. The Office of Sheriff will continue to apprise the District Attorney of information as it is developed. When the investigation is completed, the news media will be advised as to what action will be taken. The Ontario County Office of Sheriff thanks all media outlets for their patience and understanding as we continue to thoroughly investigate this tragic crash.

Philip C. Povero, Sheriff

Ontario County, New York

Povero last addressed the media about the investigation on Aug. 12, saying that it would “continue for at least another two weeks or more” as investigators sought to “seek witnesses, gather evidence, and develop the racetrack crash reconstruction.”

As the investigation has progressed, Povero has maintained that no evidence has emerged to suggest criminal intent from any party involved in the Aug. 9 tragedy.

Ward Jr., 20, was struck and killed by Stewart’s car after he walked down the racing surface to confront him following an on-track incident between the two. He was laid to rest on Aug. 14, and the site of the crash, Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, has since resumed racing.

Stewart will make his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup competition this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has addressed the media at AMS this afternoon; reading from a prepared statement, he acknowledged the tragedy as “a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life.”

Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.