… 30 Days in May … Day 22

Posted: May 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Photo credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeski — Jeff’s Indy Talk

— 30 Days in May — Day 22 —

No. 22 — Tony Stewart –1999 The Home Depot Dallara/Oldsmobile

Stewart was the first homegrown star of the Indy Racing League.

His pedigree was Hollywood-perfect: An Indiana native who won national titles in Midgets, Sprints and Silver Crown (all in the same season!) who proved immediately adept at driving Indy cars, too.

Alas, Stewart instead decided instead to pursue a full-time career in NASCAR. He was fast right off the bat in stock cars, too, and finished his NASCAR career with three Cup titles and two wins in the Brickyard 400.

In the 1999 Indianapolis 500, Stewart finished 9th, four laps down to winner Kenny Brack.

But Stewart’s workday was just beginning, because he flew from Indianapolis to Charlotte, N.C., to compete in the 600-mile NASCAR race that night and finished an impressive fourth.



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