Former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has dropped his appeal of a court ruling that said an insurance company would not be liable to pay any damages associated with a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of another auto racing driver.

Stewart’s attorney, Derek R. Molter of the Indianapolis law firm of Ice Miller, filed the notice of withdrawal on Wednesday. The document, filed with the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals, stipulates that the appeal may be reinstated by Jan. 30.

Molter declined comment about the reason for withdrawing the appeal when contacted Monday. Messages left for Stewart’s public relations representatives seeking comment were not returned Monday.

If the appeal is not reinstated, Stewart, a Columbus resident, would be liable for any payments in the wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.