Tony Stewart meets with the media for the first time since his accident

KANNAPOLIS, NC - SEPTEMBER 03:  Josh Katz pushes the wheelchair of Tony Stewart, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, before he speaks to the media in his first appearance since his sprint car accident at Stewart-Haas Racing on September 3, 2013 in Kannapolis, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)

KANNAPOLIS, NC – SEPTEMBER 03: Josh Katz pushes the wheelchair of Tony Stewart, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, before he speaks to the media in his first appearance since his sprint car accident at Stewart-Haas Racing on September 3, 2013 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The world got the first glimpse of three time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart Tuesday as he met with the media at Stewart-Haas Racing headquarters in Kannapolis North Carolina. It marked the first time Stewart had been seen in public since he was injured in a sprint car race in Iowa on August 5.

Stewart was forced to undergo two surgeries to repair a broken right tibia and fibula suffered in the crash. Stewart appeared in shorts showing off his scarring above the knee and a large medical boot covering his lower leg which has a titanium rod inserted to stabilize the bone. Stewart was smiling and open with the media and revealed that he has been staying in North Carolina at the home of his business manager since the last surgery but hopes to go home to Indiana soon.

He also said that barring any unforeseen circumstances he expects to be back racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in February of next year starting with the season opening Daytona 500. In all Stewart met with the media for nearly ninety minutes. MORE>>>

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