With Tony Stewart's future inside of a sprint car uncertain, the NASCAR star is still going to be involved in the sport as the owner of a racing organization.
According to The Associated Press, via ESPN.com, Stewart has purchased the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series.
Stewart's latest acquisition is the first racing series he owns outright. Stewart also owns Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and fields two World of Outlaws cars out of Tony Stewart Racing. He also is co-owner of NASCAR's four-team Stewart-Haas Racing, which won the Sprint Cup title last season with Kevin Harvick.
Stewart is quoted in the report as saying that he's not looking to change the organization, but help it grow and become even bigger:
My passion for sprint car racing is well known, and the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series has been a pillar of the sport for a long time. Racing is my business, and I look forward to building on the All Star Series' already impressive legacy by taking it to a new level of success and sustainability.
Fellow racer Danny Dietrich took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on Stewart taking over the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series and why it will be a success:
At a press conference on January 27, Stewart told reporters, via Jeff Gluck of USA Today, that he wouldn't be doing anything but NASCAR for "a long, long time." Even though he's been racing sprint cars professionally since the mid-1990s, the 43-year-old has had a tumultuous time with them over the last two years.
Last year, Stewart was involved in an on-track accident at a dirt track in New York that resulted in the death of Kevin Ward.
While Stewart's hiatus behind the wheel of a sprint car will continue for the foreseeable future, he will be a staple of NASCAR and will be involved in sprint car racing, though the latter will come as a manager trying to build a brand.
This seems like the smart play for Stewart. His passion for racing can't be denied, as evidenced by the schedule he's kept throughout his career. Owning an organization allows him to stay involved in a sport he still loves that made him a star.