KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- NASCAR's Tony Stewart said Monday he never thought about giving up driving race cars in the past seven weeks after a car he was driving struck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race in New York.
Stewart spoke publicly Monday for the first time since a grand jury chose not to indict him for a deadly crash on a dirt track. He spoke candidly about the whole ordeal and said he sought professional help after the accident to help deal with his grief.
He said he did not know Ward before the accident happened, reported WSOC.
"I think he had a promising career as a Sprint Cup driver," Stewart said.
When asked if he needs to talk to the Ward family to have closure, Stewart said he wants to be available to the family if they need closure.
"The one thing that's helped me more than anything is being back at the race track,” Stewart said.
Stewart said if he could have done anything differently he would have stayed at Watkins Glen.
When asked about Ward's positive toxicology results Stewart said, "A young driver lost his life. It didn’t matter why."