1 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Co-Owner. Probably the
boldest business decision Stewart has
ever made was the one to leave Joe Gibbs
Racing – where he won two Sprint Cup Series championships and spent the first 10
years of his NASCAR career – to become a
co-owner and driver for the newly named
Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.
The move was a gamble on many
levels, the biggest being the fact that
Stewart seemingly had everything he
needed at JGR – fast cars, quality sponsors and talented people around him.
Stewart left JGR to join a team that prior
to his arrival had never won a NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race, or been anywhere
remotely close to a title contender. But
under Stewart’s leadership – and that of
team founder and fellow co-owner Gene
Haas – SHR has flourished.
2 The Dirt-Track Owner/Promoter. Other than Stewart-Haas Racing,
the most well-known motorsports property
owned by Stewart is Eldora Speedway,
a half-mile clay oval in Rossburg, Ohio.
Stewart bought the fabled dirt track from
legendary promoter Earl Baltes in 2004
and has used the facility to host numerous
events – among them the Prelude to the
Dream, a race for dirt late models held from
2005-2012 that raised money for charity
and typically featured a star-studded field.
Eldora has hosted a NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series race since 2013, when
the track’s inaugural NASCAR race marked
the sanctioning body’s first national event
run on dirt since 1970. Although Stewart
has never raced a truck at Eldora, he is
always on hand, appearing in Victory Lane
with the winner and assisting with track
3 The Traveling Sprint Car Series Owner. Stewart embarked on yet
another huge endeavor in March 2015
when he finalized the purchase of the All
Star Circuit of Champions – one of the oldest traveling sprint car series and a staple
of grassroots, open-wheel racing.
Formed in 1970, the series is recognized as the first “outlaw” sprint car
organization of the modern era.
“My passion for sprint car racing is well
known, and the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series has been a pillar
of the sport for a long time,” Stewart said.
“Racing is my business, and I look forward
to building on the All Star Series’ already
impressive legacy by taking it to a new
level of success and sustainability.”
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The Many Hats
of Tony Stewart
For all the success Tony Stewart has enjoyed on the
race track, he’s achieved just as much, if not more,
in the business world. Here are five different hats
that Stewart wears in the business sector.