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Track honors Kevin Ward Jr.
Canandaigua, N.Y. – Hundreds of fans wearing orange honored the memory of 20-year-old racer Kevin Ward Jr. at the very race track where a deadly crash occurred that took his life.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park organizers encouraged fans to wear orange and the #13, Ward’s race number, to pay respects to both Ward and his family.
On lap #13 during the sprint car race, drivers pulled over and a moment of silence commenced, followed by the unveiling of a billboard with Ward’s race number.
Ward lost his life one week ago at the Canandaigua track after being hit by Tony Stewart, a prominent and accomplished racer.
During that race, Stewart’s car hit Ward’s car, sending it crashing into one of the track walls. Ward later left his car, and walked on the track, appearing to want to confront Stewart when he was hit.
An investigation is underway, but the according Ontario County Sheriff’s department, there is no evidence that suggests Stewart purposely hit Ward, although the investigation is ongoing.