Kevin Harvick, who drives the No. 4 car for Stewart-Haas Racing and considers Tony Stewart his friend, said he didn't think his boss would ever intentionally hit another driver.
Stewart struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt-track race in upstate New York last Saturday, and authorities are still investigating the fatal crash. At this point, the local sheriff's department said that there's nothing to indicate “criminal behavior.”
Harvick, one of four cars to make up the Stewart-Haas Racing team, called Stewart a “great person,” who would never hit any driver on purpose.
“I know in my heart he would never do anything like that on purpose. We just have to let it all play out. I do know that Tony is a great friend of mine. I've known him a long time and I do know that Tony probably has the biggest heart of anybody in that garage.”
Stewart has withdrawn from two races since the accident last Saturday, and he hasn't announced whether he'll race at Michigan International Speedway this coming Sunday.
Ward's funeral was Thursday morning at his high school in upstate New York.