Port Leyden, NY -- The family of sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr., has released a statement about his death Saturday night in an accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
The statement says "We appreciate the prayers and support we are receiving from the community, but we need time to grieve and wrap our heads around all of this."
Ward's parents were reportedly in the crowd watching their son race when the crash happened. His car collided with a car driven by veteran NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. After spinning out, an amateur video shows Ward climbing out of his car, walking into the center of the track during the caution lap and gesturing as Stewart's car approached again. Stewart collided with Ward, fatally injuring him.
A Syracuse television station, WSYR-TV, reports the Ward home in Port Leyden, north of Boonville, was surrounded Sunday, with cars lined up along the street and people gathered in the yard.