In what was the Maiden voyage of two time NASCAR Champion (One Winston Cup, and one Nextel Cup) Tony Stewart and his Stewart-Haas Racing. While Tony was one of the most outspoken, emotional, talented, and successful drivers in auto racing, winning Championships and races in almost every form of racing he has competed in, including the U.S.A.C. triple crown in 1995, 1997 IRL Championship, and 2006 IROC Champion to add to his Cup titles.
He has won Rookie of the year in U.S.A.C. in 1991, he was the IRL and Indy 500 Rookie of the year in 1996, and the Nascar Rookie of the year in 1999. Clearly a feat, considering only a handful of drivers have won the rookie of the year and a Championship in NASCAR. Tony ranks 18th all time in race wins and 5th among active drivers with 37 wins in Cup races.
In 2008, Stewart announced he was leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to become an owner and in 2009 took the track in the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy Impala as the owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.
He had a very impresive first year winning four races and the non-points All-Star Race. 15 top fives and 23 top tens and one DNF to finish out his rookie ownership season with a 6th in the standings after leading the points for most of the season.
This season looks to be another successful outing for Tony and the guys at Stewart-Haas Racing adding to his list of sponsors with Oreo and Ritz joining the fold!
This writer thinks that this is the next Championship season for Tony with a win at the Daytona 500, starting the season in the right direction!
Look for Stewart to continue in his journey to become a Championship owner/driver with strong performances all season, and avenge what should have been a Championship last season, the second season for Stewart-Haas Racing holds a lot of promise, and it all starts in a few short weeks at the Daytona 500!
Stay tuned for more Tony Stewart 2010!