Tony Stewart 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart appeared on course for a shot at a fourth title as late as August following a ninth-place finish in Pocono Raceway’s GoBowling.com 400. Fate, however, intervened later that week when Stewart severely fractured his right leg in a sprint car racing accident in Iowa that prematurely ended his 2013 season. A victory in June at Dover International Speedway along with five top-five and eight top-10 finishes suggested the 42-year-old owner-driver was headed for NASCAR’s postseason. Stewart fans can rejoice as “Smoke” says he’ll be ready to return in time for the 2014 Daytona 500 and with a new crew chief, Chad Johnston.
There are very few drivers who can claim Stewart’s prowess in virtually anything on four wheels. The Indiana native drove his way up the open-wheel ladder becoming the first driver to claim all three United States Auto Club championships (midget, sprint and Silver Crown) in the same year – 1995. Then graduating to Indy cars, Stewart was named the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of Year. In 1996, he raced part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. By the time he reached the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level in 1999, Stewart was more than ready. As a rookie driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart won three races and has continued to win at least once each season including 2013 – 48 times in all. Stewart won championships with JGR in 2002 and 2005. Stewart and Gene Haas teamed to campaign Chevrolets in 2009 and two years later Stewart became the first owner-driver since Alan Kulwicki in 1992 to win the championship.
Stewart also has 11 victories in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition and a pair of wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Car: No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: May 20, 1971
Hometown: Columbus, Ind.
Team Owner: Tony Stewart, Gene Haas
Crew Chief: Chad Johnston