Stewart to be honoured at US GP

Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart will be honored Sunday, Sept. 28 by driving ceremonial laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course shortly before the start of the United States Grand Prix. Stewart will drive the ...

Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart will be honored Sunday, Sept. 28 by driving ceremonial laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course shortly before the start of the United States Grand Prix.

Stewart will drive the high-performance Ford GT concept car at 11:30 a.m. (EST, -5 GMT) on the 2.605-mile road course - just 90 minutes before the start of the United States Grand Prix.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Stewart's retirement from competitive driving. The fourth running of the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis starts at 1 p.m.

Stewart, a native of Dumbarton, Scotland, competed in Formula One from 1965-73 and was World Champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973. He started 99 Grands Prix and scored 27 victories and 17 pole positions. His driving prowess earned him the nickname, "The Flying Scot."

Stewart also competed in the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race twice, in 1966 and 1967. In his rookie "500," Stewart led 40 laps toward the end of the race but was relegated to a sixth-place finish due to mechanical problems. His impressive drive earned him Rookie of the Year honors.

He has maintained one of the highest profiles in international motorsports since retiring by serving as a television commentator, motorsports safety promoter and Formula One team owner with Stewart Grand Prix from 1997-99.

The Ford Motor Company purchased the team from Stewart and re-branded it Jaguar Racing before the start of the 2000 F1 season.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jackie Stewart
Teams Jaguar Racing