INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Hoosier native and NASCAR champ Tony Stewart will be back behind the wheel in February. He says he wants to be ready for Daytona.
Stewart talked for the first time since his season ending sprint car wreck in early August.
"Smoke," as he's known, said he not only suffered a compound fracture in the crash, but also has extensive skin and tissue damage.
"I am feeling a lot better," he said. "We've made huge gains in the last four weeks. This is probably one of the hardest things I've had to deal with. This is definitely the worst injury I've ever had in my life and racing career," he said.
Stewart says his recovery is ahead of schedule. But, he doesn't know when physical therapy will begin. He says that's up to his doctors.
He called the wreck "a freak accident" and says he will cut back on the number of Sprint car races he runs, but will continue to live life to the fullest.
The Noblesville Police Department says a 16-year-old girl who was shot late Sunday night died from her injuries.
Two men were arrested overnight after police say they stole a car and led officers on a chase.
Fire officials say a civilian medic was injured early Monday morning in a house fire.