Indianapolis Motor Speedway has special gift for Tony Stewart – a dirt track

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What to give a retiring driver when they say they don’t want any gifts?

Some dirt to play in, of course.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Indianapolis Motor Speedway will install a 3/16-mile dirt track inside Turn 3 in time for Stewart’s media appearance there Tuesday. Several teams that own dirt midgets have been invited.

“Tony doesn’t want gifts, per se, but we thought this was a great way to marry his love for dirt-track racing with his love for racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, told the Indianapolis Star.

Stewart’s climb through the ranks of racing on the way to NASCAR included racing on dirt in sprint and midget cars.

The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has twice won the Brickyard 400. The July 24 race is scheduled to be his final start at the historic track.