Indiana native Tony Stewart spent 18 years of his career in NASCAR. He collected three championship winning cars along the way and 49 race wins. Before his shot on pavement, Stewart circled dirt tracks and bulling asphalt tracks in open wheel machines.
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Throughout his career, heâs saved a bulk of history. It all sits in Tony Stewartâs car collection.
Recently, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart sat down for an interview. As a bonus, Tony Stewart gave Jeff Gordon a tour of his car collection, a racing enthusiasts dream garage.
Itâs race car after race car. Tony Stewartâs garage is loaded with race-ready NASCAR, Indycar and dirt track cars.
All three NASCAR championship cars are on display, IROC championship car, Indycar championship car and the triple crown championship machines are all saved.
Stewartâs first sprint car win with the World of Outlaws came in a car he owned himself. That is stored safely in the garage. Along with multiple championship winning cars for his driver Donny Schatz as well as his former driver Steve Kinser.
âSteve Kinser drove for me. I wanted to have something to show everybody, he did actually driver for me,â Stewart says.
So, he saved an entire race car driven by Kinser.
âOf all the cars Iâve driven in my career, literally you can go from an Indycar to the Cup car. And thatâs polar opposite ends of the spectrum. The winged sprint car falls right in the middle of all that,â Stewart said of dirt track racing.
âItâs not the hardest car to drive. But, itâs the hardest car to be really good and really fast in,â Tony Stewart stated as he pointed to the machine which granted his first sprint car win.
Many of the cars come in the shop are fitted with plastic bubbles around them. The covers donât touch the cars and it keeps dust off the machines.
Cars in bubbles include the championship winning Iroc car, driven by Stewart. Multiple Corvettes also sit under bubbles.
âWhen I won my first Brickyard 400, I bought both the pace cars. I gave one to my crew chief Greg Zipadelli and kept the one that we rode around in the back of, after the race,â Stewart added.
Other notables include the 14th Camaro off the line in 2010. That was after 8 years that Chevrolet didnât build Camaros.
He also has the 14th 2014 Stringray that came off the line. That was the first year of the C7.
âNow, weâre buying Fords,â Stewart said.
Recently, Ford delivered a handful of supercars to the Ford drivers like Joey Logano and at the time, Kurt Busch.
âKurt Busch and the fancy guys got those [GT 500âs]. I got the Raptor. I got the pickup instead.â
Tony Stewartâs last NASCAR win came in 2016 at Sonoma Raceway. He slammed Denny Hamlin in the wall off turn 11 to get that win.
He doesnât have the entire car of his last NASCAR win. But he did take off the dented body panels and hang it on the wall in the shop.
Stewart ran the 1997 Indy 500. That entire car sits on the floor of his shop.
In the back of the shop sits a mangled race car from theDaytona 500 on February 18, 2001. Itâs the same race that we lost Dale Earnhardt.
âObviously, this was 25 laps before lost a good buddy of ours. This was the crash that I was involved in, where physically on the race trackâŠ I was three wide but I was just enough ahead of the guys, that at the time this happened, I was running 3rd.â
âI got turned in the wall. The air got underneath it, picked it up and I landed on top of my teammate, Bobby Labonte who was running 23rd.â
Tony Stewart was knocked out during the crash. He didnât want them to cut the top off to get him out. But, he didnât know how bad the car was.
After the crash, Bobby Labonte approached the machine and said of the cutting the rood, âI donât think youâll have to worry about that. Letâs get you out of it. Iâll tell you all about of it in a minute.â
âI didnât know what was going on. But, I could tell by what he was saying that it wasnât a good deal.â
Stewart has been involved in many on-track crashes. In the dirt car, heâs broken his leg and his back, all within a two year period.
âIâve got bikes that the insurance wonât let me ride now. Apparently, if you break your leg and you break your back and cost the insurance company moneyâŠ They try to eliminate opportunities for you to collect on it.â
As Jeff Gordon eyed the cars, it came to his mind that he regrets not running the Indy 500. At the same point, he said 35 is too old to try it. And he said the same thing about returning to a sprint car.
âYou are going to get back in a sprint car. Weâll come put a bag over your head and hijack you,â Tony Stewart disagreed.
Jeff Gordon stated, âI tried to get in David Gravelâs car in Knoxville. And I got in. I didnât think I was going to get out and I literally thought they were going to have to cut the bars out to get me.â
Gordon added, âI loved racing at Bloomington. I would go down, every Friday night. I did it once or twice without a wing. Iâm not sure which was harder.â
âBy the end of the night, you had to run right on the edge. It had no wall, that lip. You just had to put it right up there. That was fun.â