NASCAR team owner Tony Stewart retired as a full time driver in NASCAR at the end of the 2016 season. Since then Stewart has continued to race Sprint cars but has not gotten behind the wheel of a stock car.
When the Xfinity Series makes its inaugural road course run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the July 4, Stewart will come out of retirement to help kick off the series.
Previously has won at The Brickyard twice and has run the Indianapolis 500 five times including two front row starts and a double dip running the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.
The three time NASCAR champion and Indiana native grew up only 45 minutes from the Speedway in Columbus and Rushville.
Speaking on his running in the Indiana 250, Stewart said, “everyone knows what Indy means to me, so I can’t think of a better place to race on Fourth of July weekend. It’s going to be cool making history by turning left and right in a stock car at the Brickyard, and the racing will be full of action and contact. Any time you can drive any race car at the speedway is special, and you know I’m going for the win. The date is already circled on my calendar.”
A member of the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame, Stewart is part owner in the four car racing team Stewart-Haas Racing.
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