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November 15, 2010

Attention IZOD Indy Car Fans: Tony Stewart is NOT Coming Back. Deal With It.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 5:28 pm

As a racing fan, I love Tony Stewart. He is a native Hoosier, is passionate about his craft, has loads of talent, is a throwback in an A.J. Foyt sort of way, and he gives back to the sport more than about anyone else. At one point between his current NASCAR success and his short track days, he became an Indy Car star in the then-nascent IRL.

Ever since, at least once a year, the Indy Car die-hards all develop moist britches whenever the slightest ‘Tony Stewart may drive an Indy Car at the 500 again’ rumors are unleashed. This time they accompanied Chevy’s return to the IZOD Indy Car Series. Their logic is since Tony is a devoted Chevy man in NASCAR, why would he not dovetail into Indy? This rumor has many variants. One is that he will own an Indy Car team. Another is that he will do ‘the double.’ All such rumors are, essentially, nonsense. And I am perfectly OK with that.

What the diehards need to get through their heads is that Tony employs hundreds of people to sustain his own NASCAR team. As a driver/owner, he has a lot of responsibility. He has achieved some success, and I am positive he does not want that success jeopardized by a side project in Indy Cars.

If he ever does return to Indy Car, I will be among the first to welcome him home. No one, however, should hold their breath, unless he really does try to do what A.J. did by winning the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Tony has to win the Daytona 500 first anyway.

Here is my advice to the Tony to Indy Car fantasy dwellers: Get past it. His chest is a now a barrel and he has gotten extraordinarily rich driving the roofed, slower vehicles. As a Tony Stewart fan, I hope he wins a lot more races and championships in NASCAR. Indy Car fans need to focus on how new stars get going along the Indy Car Series ladder. There are lots of possible Hoosier choices, too. Let’s focus on what is actually out there.

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3 Comments »

  1. Defender, you must be the kind of guy that loves to tell kids there is no Santa Claus.

    Before its said and done, I suspect Tony will get involved in Indy Car as either an owner or a driver (most likely an owner.) There is too much Indiana (and Indy) in him.

    Comment by Bob F. — November 15, 2010 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  2. I too, don’t see much chance of Tony Stewart coming back to the Indy cars, but if he does, it will indeed have to be as an owner. Time stands still for nobody, and Tony is pushing forty; in a very short time he won’t be competitive as a driver. It would be a real shot in the arm, though, to have this most American of all open-wheel racers to be back in any form.

    Comment by DOUG — November 16, 2010 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  3. It’s certainly possible but it will take NASCAR moving the CC 600 to Sat night. In the past that’s been taboo, but so was night racing. Now the fans & the execs are embracing night racing. It’s definitely in the best interest of both circuits because Smoke drew a LOT of attention to these events the last time he did it. Kyle Busch & other NASCAR Cup drivers have already said they would do it with him. It also makes sense for NASCAR to steer clear of the prime NBA playoff games that Sun night. The NBA enjoyed record ratings in the playoffs last yr & figures to eclipse it this year. There should be no doubt for Helton then that moving to Sat nights will draw better ratings to the CC 600.

    Smoke’s days of chasing an Indy championship are long behind him, but I think he will continue to pursue the coveted Indy 500 until he can’t drive any more.

    Comment by Juan — March 21, 2012 @ 1:18 am | Reply


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