Tony Stewart undergoes fourth surgery on right leg

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Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner and driver Tony Stewart has undergone a fourth surgery on his right leg, per the Associated Press and other media reports.

Stewart broke his right leg (tibia and fibula) in August 2013 in a sprint car accident in Iowa, and the accident cost him the remainder of his season. Two surgeries followed, both of which were successful, with a third occurring earlier this year.

SHR spokesman Mike Arning told the AP that Stewart will be on crutches in Las Vegas for champion’s week, as his teammate Kevin Harvick celebrates his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Stewart’s co-owner Gene Haas will sit at the head table.

Stewart, the driver, endured a fractured 2014 season where he failed to win a Cup race for the first time in his career, and finished outside the top-20 in points.

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).