With his NASCAR career over, Tony Stewart has the freedom to drive whatever he chooses, but he still might not have the time to do it all.
During a recent episode of the NASCAR on NBC podcast, Stewart said Steve Arpin had called him many times about being a teammate in the Global Rallycross series.
“I’m very interested in doing that,” Stewart said on the podcast. “We’ve been playing phone tag back and forth trying to get organized to have a conversation about it. We just have so much stuff going on, it’s a good problem to have. It’s nice to be so busy that it’s hard to find time to do all the things we want to do.”
The three-time Cup Series champion, who also has indicated a desire to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans, made his debut this year in the Little 500, a 500-lap sprint car race on a high-banked quarter-mile track in Anderson, Indiana. Stewart finished third in a race that features the rarity of pit stops for race cars without clutches.
“It was a really big toss-up between racing the Little 500, a bucket list item for me, or going to Monaco for the Formula One race,” he said.
Next year, Stewart plans to be in Monte Carlo with co-owner Gene Haas to watch the Haas F1 team.
“It’s cool to be checking boxes off,” he said.
During the podcast, Stewart also discussed:
–The meticulous preparation necessary to get his Eldora Speedway ready for a dirt-track event;
–What appeals to a driver about racing on dirt;
–The state of safety in dirt racing;
–Adapting to sprint cars this year after a long layoff.
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