INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015 – Statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles on Tony Stewart’s retirement from NASCAR Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season:
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has seen many talented drivers compete over the last 106 years, but very few possessed the ability to be competitive in every aspect of the sport like Tony Stewart. Tony’s ability to adapt and get the most out of a USAC midget or sprint car, an Indy car or a NASCAR stock car makes him the modern day version of A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti. It doesn’t matter what you call the car, or where it races, Tony Stewart can race it and race it to the front. He is also one of the very few drivers that has been able to transition his success as a driver into successful team and track ownership.
“As a proud Hoosier, Tony’s triumphs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been some of the track’s most special moments. We look forward to celebrating Tony’s driving career throughout 2016, cheering him on in person at the Brickyard 400, and continuing to watch his team compile many more achievements for years to come.”
Tony Stewart won the Brickyard 400 in 2005 and 2007. He was a five-time starter in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of fifth in 1997. He won the IndyCar Series championship in 1997.