Tony Stewart a driver/owner, a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion made it safely to Sydney, Australia yesterday, for his four night campaign at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway.
Stewart is one of the world's most successful motorsports drivers, having won races and championships in just about anything he's raced. He is the best open wheeler to ever come to NASCAR.
While he's on vacation, Stewart will take the time to get in some racing at Australia's famous Parrametta dirt oval driving an 800-plus horse powered Sprintcar.
Stewart will compete in four races held at the dirt oval, and will be competing against a field made up of some of the world's best Sprintcar drivers.
It's been a hectic first year for Stewart as a driver/owner with Stewart-Haas Racing. This past season fans saw him make the successful transition to ownership, having both of his teams make the chase, he led the points most of the season and won four races.
"I'm really looking forward to some time off after a really busy year. I really didn't have an offseason last year as we spent so much time putting everything together for my first year as a driver/owner with Stewart-Haas Racing," said Stewart.
"This trip will be the first time in almost two years that I've been able to get away and not have to worry about a schedule. I'm really looking forward to enjoying some relaxation, mixed in with a bit of racing."
"A part from the racing I don't have any plans. So whatever, I end up seeing is going to be more spur of the moment than anything."
One of the highlights of the 2009 Sprint Cup season was the performance of Stewart-Haas Racing in it's first year.
More impressive is for the most part, everyone was hand picked by Stewart much like you put a puzzle together. Everyone just clicked from day one.
I do agree with Stewart when he gives his team an A grade for what his teams did this season. Heck, if they weren't affiliated with HMS they arguably could have probably ran a better chase for the Championship.
Stewart no doubt loves racing, it's his passion that makes him one of the best, but he also has a hobby outlet in his racing and that's getting out on the dirt tracks to play.
He just loves to get out on a dirt track in a Sprintcar or Late Model car and have some fun playing in the dirt.
"So, yeah, it's still racing, but it's the kind of racing I love to do just for fun. I'm also looking forward to hanging out with a lot of my friends from the Sprintcar side and having the opportunity to race with them."
This isn't Stewart's first-time racing at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway. He's raced their during his formative years of his career and has many fond memories of the venue.
"God, it's been a while... but I remember it being a good, racy track. You could move around and make things happen if your car was handling," said Stewart.
"Obviously, the local fans are pretty passionate about Sprintcar racing, so it creates an exciting venue to race at."
Stewart will be joined at the Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway, by four-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz, and All-Star Series Champion Tim Shaffer for an American invasion of the famous dirt oval during the week of Christmas and New Years.
Here's the schedule for the races:
Saturday/Dec. 26: the Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix
Tuesday/Dec. 29: the Hogs Breath Cafe' Parramatta Sprintcar International
Saturday/Jan. 2: the Scott Darley Race presented by Coca Cola (Night 1)
Sunday/Jan. 3: the Scott Darley Race presented by Coca Cola (Night 2)
Then for the Scott Darley race, they'll be joined by American Jason Johnson (no relation to Jimmy Johnson) and joined by Australian's best including Brooke Tatnell, Max Dumesny, Robbie Farr, Ryan Ferrell, and Kerry Madsen.
They'll battle for the $50,000 prize that goes to the winner of the Scott Darley race presented by Coca Cola.
I have looked at Speed's upcoming programing, it doesn't look like they'll be showing any of these races, but guess it's impossible with the time difference.
Which is a shame, since it's always fun to watch Stewart when he's racing on a dirt oval.
I will have to do some hunting on-line to find a site that will enable me to be able to follow these races and will pass it on via my profile page.
Source and Photo Credit: bammedia.com.au