21-year-old NASCAR driver Ryan Reed told Fox & Friends that the Tony Stewart situation is just an “awful situation” and that his thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. Asked if Tony Stewart will be back racing soon, all Reed could offer was a bright “I hope so.” Reed, a racing prodigy who started racing go-carts when he was four-years-old, grew up watching Stewart. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him,” Reed said.
Even at his young age, Reed already knows what it’s like to battle back from adversity. Three years ago he was diagnosed with diabetes. One of the members of his pit crew is always at the ready to inject the driver with insulin should the need arise during a race. Like many who’ve overcome adversity, Reed knows how to keep his cool. No surprise that he’s in favor of new rules, spurred by the Kevin Ward Jr-Tony Stewart tragedy, that will ban drivers from walking on the track at any time. “It’s probably a good rule,” he said in the Fox interview. “Tempers flare. You want to hop out of the car and show your displeasure…”