Tony Stewart to make New Zealand Sprint Car debut this week
Tony Stewart is heading to New Zealand.
The 46-year-old has shipped his sprint car to the island nation, competing in a handful of events in the Porter Hire International Sprintcar Series in races at Western Springs Speedway and Robertson Holden International Speedway.
According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, Stewart says this is a trip 20 years in the making.
“In 1995 when we won the USAC Triple Crown we got booked to go to Australia,” Stewart said. “The promoter at Western Springs was Willie K and he tried to get me to come over for the 1996-97 season but just timing-wise it didn’t work out. After 1995 I got my first NASCAR ride and the same with an IndyCar drive so there was no way I was going to have the time to come back over.
“It has been a long time coming to get over here but we are pretty excited about the chance to come out.”
Stewart retired from full-time NASCAR competition following the 2016 Cup Series season. In his full-time return to sprint car racing, Stewart did not post the results he wanted too and hopes his long awaited trip to the Kiwi State proves to be fruitful.
“I got back in a sprint car after two and a half years and did not have a very good summer,” he said. “I think we won two races all summer, which isn’t very good by our standards.”
He shipped his own car over to New Zealand for the gamut.
“I am running the same sprint car that we raced in the US,” Stewart said. “It is a 410 cubic inch winged sprint car. I am pretty excited – it is what I am doing now that I’m not a NASCAR driver anymore. I am back to running sprint cars a lot.”
The races will take place on December 12 and December 16.