Published on February 14th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith1
Stewart, Newman To Backup Cars
During final practice, Stewart Haas Racing driver, Ryan Newman, blew a tire and triggered an accident that collected his teammate and owner, Tony Stewart. Both will go to backup cars, and will start from the rear of the field of the Daytona 500.
Newman said he felt a slight vibration in his right rear as exited Turn 1. Stewart was behind Newman pushing him. When the tire blew, Newman spun and Stewart got into him. Sam Hornish Jr. got a small piece of the accident, but it appeared that his car was okay. Newman and Stewart slid into the outside wall, and then back down the track. Other cars avoided them.
Stewart was angry with Goodyear for what determined to be faulty tires. He said:
So it’s the same thing everybody has been talking about all week. It’s the same stuff that we always talk about every year — the failures that Goodyear has. I think that’s part of their marketing campaign. The more we talk about it, the more press they get. I think they forget that it’s supposed to be in a good way, not a bad way.
For its part, Goodyear’s director of worldwide racing, Stu Grant, said that Newman’s accident was caused by “a foreign object that came off one of the cars.”
It’s obviously something that was on the race track. It could have been something that had fallen off one of the cars ahead of him. It could have been something that laid on the pavement for a while, and as the cars went by it moved it to a configuration where it could puncture a tire. We see a lot of those kinds of cases.