Tony Stewart kinds NHRA crew
Tony Stewart will broaden his motorsports crew possession into the NHRA starting in 2022.
Tony Stewart Racing will area two full-time entries with one Prime Gas dragster and one Humorous Automotive crew. Stewart’s fiancee and nine-time occasion winner Leah Pruett proceed within the Prime Gas ranks, and Matt Hagan will compete for an additional championship in Humorous Automotive.
“Once I retired from full-time driving, I stated it wasn’t the top, however the starting of a brand new chapter. That is proof of that,” Stewart stated. “I admire all types of racing, and I’ve at all times been intrigued about drag racing and NHRA, specifically. Again in 2009, when Tony Schumacher and I have been each representing the U.S. Military, I acquired to hang around with him and Don Schumacher on the U.S. Nationals. Tony ended up profitable, and after taking all of it in, I used to be hooked. But it surely wasn’t till I met Leah and began going to races often, the place I noticed the technique and the preparation firsthand, that I really understood it.”
Tony Stewart Racing was fashioned in 2000 and has earned 27 proprietor championships between USAC, World of Outlaws, and the All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets. The NHRA program and dash automotive operations will function out of the present facility in Brownsburg, Indiana.
Stewart’s possession resume additionally consists of entries within the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Collection and the half-mile Eldora Speedway.
Pruett and Hagan each at present compete for Don Schumacher Racing.
“Starting with Don Schumacher, I’ve most likely irritated everybody within the paddock with all of the questions I’ve requested, however the extra I discovered about drag racing, the much less I wished to only be a spectator,” Stewart stated. “I need to be an integral a part of it. And I don’t do issues midway. I am going all in. However I’m sensible sufficient to know that I don’t should be a rookie proprietor and a rookie driver, so I made positive to get two of the perfect NHRA drivers in Leah and Matt. I’m going to lean on their expertise so we are able to hit the bottom operating in 2022.
In her twenty fifth consecutive season competing within the NHRA, Pruett’s profession started within the Jr. Drag Racing League, and she or he gained the NHRA Scorching Rod Heritage Racing Collection championship (2010) within the Nostalgia Humorous Automotive class. Pruett was the primary particular person to interrupt the 250mph mark in a Nostalgia Humorous Automotive.
Pruett has competed within the Prime Gas class for the final eight years and has made 5 playoff appearances. She additionally competes within the Manufacturing facility Inventory Showdown class, the place she gained the 2018 title.
“I’m an NHRA lifer, and nitro racing is my ardour,” stated Pruett, whose most up-to-date win got here in August at Pomona. “Don Schumacher gave me an unimaginable likelihood once we teamed up again in 2016. I’ve discovered lots from him, and he’s made me a greater driver. He helped me take an enormous step in my profession, and this chance with TSR affords one other massive step. I’m without end grateful to all of the people who I’ve been capable of work alongside with at DSR. Don’s mentoring has ready me for this new endeavor in additional methods than simply on the monitor.”
Hagan is a three-time champion with 39 occasion wins. A member of Schumacher’s crew since 2009, Hagan leads the Humorous Automotive level standings with three races left within the Countdown to the Championship.
“Don Schumacher has been an enormous chapter in my racing profession,” Hagan stated. “We’ve gained a complete lot of trophies and a number of championships collectively through the years, and that’s due to the unimaginable crew he’s positioned round me and the alternatives that he’s given us to achieve success.
“This subsequent chapter with Tony Stewart is one I’m excited for. I’m able to go racing. That’s what I’m right here to do. I’m leaping into this new program with two ft, and I’m assured within the package deal we’re bringing into the 2022 season with TSR. Let’s make some historical past.”
The crew’s producer and technical alliance affiliate, together with company companions, can be introduced at a later date.