Brickyard winner Stewart honored by U.S. Congress

INDIANA LAWMAKERS HONOR INDY WINNER STEWART IN U.S. CONGRESS INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Tony Stewart fulfilled a lifetime dream by winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Aug. 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he...

INDIANA LAWMAKERS HONOR INDY WINNER STEWART IN U.S. CONGRESS

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Tony Stewart fulfilled a lifetime dream by winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Aug. 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he also built his racing legend with his second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title.

Stewart's performance was so impressive in 2005 behind the wheel of the Home Depot Chevrolet that it inspired the U.S. House of Representatives to unanimously approve a resolution Dec. 6 from U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel of Indiana recognizing Stewart for his dream season.

Sodrel, who sponsored House Resolution 587, was joined by other members of the Indiana delegation -- Reps. Mike Pence, Dan Burton, Mark Souder, John Hostettler and Julia Carson -- as co-sponsors.

Stewart grew up and lives in Columbus, Ind., which is in Indiana's 9th Congressional District that Sodrel represents.

"I am proud to honor Mr. Tony Stewart for all of his accomplishments in NASCAR and the world of motorsports by bringing this resolution to the floor of the House of Representatives," Sodrel said. "Hoosiers and racing fans around the world are proud of Tony and his team, and we look forward to his continued success."

The resolution praised Stewart for his five 2005 victories, particularly his victory in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. He also was honored for his two NASCAR titles in seven seasons, his eight other auto racing championships, including the 1996-97 IRL IndyCar® Series title, and his top-10 ranking in each of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup seasons.

The Congressional recognition follows Stewart being awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana's highest honor, by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on Aug. 29.

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2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard tickets: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office is accepting ticket orders for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6. Tickets can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.

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