Sheriff Philip Povero confirmed the driver, whom Povero would not identify, was dead on arrival to an area hospital Saturday night and that Stewart was the driver who struck him.
While Stewart is being investigated, Povero said the investigation is not criminal and that no charges have been filed.
'It was out of respect to NASCAR, to all the manufacturers, the new cars, the teams, the sponsors, just to allow the news of the day to be about racing and not let anything interfere with that.
So, it's Friday now, so that's why we waited until the end of the week to be up front about each other.' Happier times: The news comes just weeks after she filed for divorce from husband of seven-years Paul Hospenthal, seen here in happier times before the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis in 2005'I think that moving forward into the year, it's a matter of do you say anything at all, or do you just carry on? 'As opposed to speculation and people making up their own stories or talking amongst themselves or us feeling uncomfortable walking into each other's (motorhomes) moving forward, or around our teams or anything, it's just easier to be up front and get it out of the way then to have any kind of awkward speculation.'Stenhouse was asked during the media tour's stop at Roush Fenway Racing if he was dating Patrick.
Both are moving up from the second-tier Nationwide Series at the same time.'Obviously, we've been racing together for a couple years now, him and I have always gotten along, we've always had a lot of respect for each other on the track, there's never been an issue out there,' she said.
In it, shocked fans sob and scream that Stewart ran over another driver as he lies motionless on the track while emergency personnel respond.
'I think I am just finally excited to tell someone about this,' Patrick laughed, sounding almost giddy as she said the two-time Nationwide champion's middle name is Lynn and he prefers she use his first name.
The couple waited until the end of Charlotte Motor Speedway's weeklong annual media tour to go public with their relationship, which started as a friendship as they raced each other the last two seasons in the Nationwide Series.
Tony Stewart struck and killed a fellow driver with his sprint car late Saturday during a dirt-track race at Canandaigua (N.
Y.) Motorsports Park, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department announced early Sunday.