Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Driver # 2 - Tony Stewart - American - Age 38 - Chances of Joining the ICS = 5%

IndyCar Garage breaks down ten drivers that aren’t driving in the IndyCar Series and what their impact would have done or could do to the IndyCar series. This includes drivers that have raced partial schedules in years past or in the present season.

IndyCar Garage continues it’s countdown of the top ten drivers not currently driving full-time in the IndyCar Series with driver # two

2. TONY STEWART – AMERICAN – AGE 38 – Chances of Joining the ICS = 5%

Tony Stewart’s story is similar to IndyCar Garages # 1 driver not driving in the IndyCar series full time, but with a small side story into the IndyCar Series. Similar to driver #1, Stewart grew up racing open wheel and was the 1995 USAC Triple Crown winner, as he won championships in the National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown divisions. When he wasn’t racing open wheel, he raced stock cars, as NASCAR was starting to hit its stride with the open wheel split in full swing. Stewart was one of the original drivers in the inaugural Indy Racing League and remained as a full time driver until 1998. He has competed in five Indy 500s with a career best finish of 5th in 1997.

Stewart moved full-time into Winston Cup in 1999 for Joe Gibbs Racing. He immediately was successful as he won three races, several poles, and finished fourth in points in his rookie season. He would come back to run in two more Indy 500s, 1999 and 2001.

He has said in the past that he would like to run the Indy 500 again, but would like to put a full effort into it, meaning he would want to run the races prior to Indy. The chances of Stewart running a full IndyCar Series schedule in the immediate future are very slim. He just formed Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009 and that might pave the way for him to be more creative in where he races. He is the most complete driver since A.J. Foyt to compete in North American auto racing. He is a threat to win any race in any type of series. Tony Stewart’s return to the IndyCar series would be HUGE, but his story is all too similar to Driver #1

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