Tony Stewart has kept silent since the accident in August when he was having his usual fun by racing sprint cars during his free time when he broke his right leg at a sprint car race in Iowa.
Today the Stewart-Haas Racing co-team owner and driver spoke to the media for the first time since the crash on August 5th.
In North Carolina at the team shop, Stewart referred to his injures and being sidelined from racing his No. 14 Chevrolet as "a small bump in the road".
He went on to comment on the plans for his return by the Daytona next year. "They're looking at the beginning of February, which isn't a bad deal."
The champion racer hopes to be back on-track for the 2014 Daytona Speedweeks and the 500 Sprint Cup opening race. He arrived for the press conference in a wheelchair but was able without assistance to take the stage as he is still recovering from the injury which took two surgeries for the damage done to his tibia and fibula.
Prior to the sprint car crash at Southern Iowa Speedway, Stewart had a streak of 521 consecutive starts in the premier NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.