Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tony Stewart Regrets Leaving Indycar

In an interview with Eurosport, the 1997 IRL champion Tony Stewart says that he regrets leaving the Indy Racing League:

"I retired from open-wheel racing once and it wasn't about three months later that I realised that that was the dumbest thing I had ever done." -Tony Stewart

Tony also put the chances of an Indy 500 return at slim:

"You learn to say never say never. I don't know what will happen, but the good thing is I have a plan for what we're going to do life beyond being a driver. We will still have our race tracks and we want to have our race teams as long as possible. I really enjoy that side of it. I'm still having a lot of fun being a driver to and that's what I love the most. However, as much as my heart wants to say yes, my mind says no. There's a lot more responsibility now being a car owner, and the logistics of it still make it impossible to do. When they moved the start time of it back two hours, the logistics of being able to complete the 500 and get down to Charlotte on time to start the [Coca-Cola] 600 meant you can't do it. I've learned to never say never, but unfortunately that is probably a chapter in my life that's passed. I've chosen my path, especially being a car owner in this series now, so I doubt that it will happen." -Tony Stewart

The article also touches on the possibility of Gil de Ferran returning to Indy and 90' & 97' Indy champ Arie Luyendyk working with IRL newcomer Bobby D.


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