TONY STEWART TO DRIVE IN TURKEY NIGHT GP AT IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY - NOVEMBER 25, 1999 Irwindale, Calif. - - Tony Stewart will "come out of retirement" (in the open-wheelers) to drive in 59th Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix at Irwindale Speedway on...
TONY STEWART TO DRIVE IN TURKEY NIGHT GP AT IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY - NOVEMBER 25, 1999
Irwindale, Calif. - - Tony Stewart will "come out of retirement" (in the open-wheelers) to drive in 59th Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix at Irwindale Speedway on Thursday, November 25, 1999. Teamed with USAC Midget points leader Jason Leffler and USAC Sprint Car Champion Dave Darland, Stewart will drive for his former car owner Steve Lewis, and former chief mechanic Bob East. "I've only seen Irwindale on television, so I'm not sure about how to prepare for the track," said Stewart from his home in Indianapolis, "… But, Bob East will be my chief mechanic has been very successful there, so I'll just show up and drive."
The event will be entitled "The 59th Turkey Night Grand Prix presented by Home Depot". Stewart has driven in three other Turkey Night races. He finished seventh at in 1993, 21st in 1994, and seventh again in 1995 with all events being run at Bakersfield Speedway. Stewart has 23 career USAC national event wins.
In the 1995 season Tony Stewart became the only driver in racing history to sweep all three of the United States Auto Club's "Triple Crown" racing series (Sprints, Midgets, and Silver Crown Cars) in the same year. The 24 year-old driver putting on display of racing virtuosity that has led him to a full-time NASCAR drive and an sure 1999 Winston Cup "Rookie of the Year" award.
"We are very excited that Tony will be able to take part in our first Turkey Night GP," said track Vice President Robert DeFazio. "He's a remarkable talent and carrying on the tradition that the top drivers in the country drive at Turkey Night. Tony's not coming all the way to California on Thanksgiving Night for the weather, he's never won this race. He's a racer, he's got to really want this one."