Tony Stewart desires to take one other shot at successful the Indy 500 subsequent yr and mentioned he gained’t be a “sideshow like Danica Patrick” if he does it.
Like his former teammate Patrick, Indiana native Stewart spent a number of years racing Indy vehicles earlier than making the change to the NASCAR Cup Sequence.
Stewart gained the Indycar championship in 1997, the identical yr he posted a career-best fifth place end within the Indy 500, and went on to win three NASCAR titles earlier than retiring in 2016.
In 1999, Stewart turned the primary driver to drag off the “Memorial Day Double” by finishing each the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the identical day. He did it once more in 2001, which is the final time he drove within the Indy 500, putting sixth.
“If I’m going, I am not going simply to run it,” he mentioned. “I do not wish to be a sideshow like Danica was at Indy this yr,” Stewart informed reporters on the reveal of Ford’s new Mustang Cup automotive on Thursday.
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Patrick crashed out of this yr’s Indy 500, which she mentioned could be the final race of her profession.
Stewart mentioned he’d wish to run not less than one warm-up race earlier than the Indy 500.
“It is an insult to the fellows who do it each week to point out up and assume you are going to be nearly as good as these guys are,” Stewart mentioned. “They’re on their sport. They know their vehicles. They understand how they want their vehicles to really feel in apply to be good within the race. It is silly to assume you may simply present up and be aggressive and have a shot to win.”
So far as who he’d drive for, there is no deal but in place, however Andretti Autosport is a probable chance because the powerhouse workforce has the potential so as to add vehicles for marquee occasions. It additionally makes use of Honda engines, which wouldn’t battle with Stewart’s Ford tie-up in NASCAR, the place he co-owns the Stewart-Haas workforce, for the reason that Japanese automaker doesn’t compete in that collection.
The Related Press contributed to this report