Aug 11, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT
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.
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