Tony Stewart Says He'd Consider Driving The Indy 500 In 2019
INDIANAPOLIS – Tony Stewart has won twice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, but he says he would consider a run in the Indianapolis 500, but only if he says he had a legitimate shot at winning the event.
The Columbus, Indiana native and retired NASCAR champion has been in five Indy 500 races but his best finish was fifth in 1997.
Stewart, who is 47, has previously been offered a ride by Roger Penske when he was a full-time driver for NASCAR. However, he says he would only drive in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" if he felt he could win it.
"If I go, I'm not going just to run it. I don't want to be a sideshow like Danica [Patrick] was at Indy this year," says Stewart alluding to Patrick's final race at this year's Indy 500 before retiring. The last time she had raced in the Indy 500 was 2011 for Andretti Autosport. She became a full-time NASCAR driver leaving IndyCar in 2012 with Stewart as one of her team owners.
"If I were going to do that, I would definitely want to run at least one [prior IndyCar] race. [It] may not be enough to be feel like where we'd need to be," says Stewart.
Stewart has said in previous interviews that his boyhood dream was to take the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500. If Stewart were to win the race as a driver in 2019, he would be the oldest driver breaking the previous record held by Al Unser in 1987.
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