Thre time NASCAR Cup Series champion turned team owner Tony Stewart who retired from racing in 2026 will be back behind the wheel of a stock car on Thursday at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin Texas which plays host to this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

In a cross promotional event with the Haas F1 Team, Stewart will drive his No.14 Haas Automotion Ford Mustang. Both Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Ford Mustang.

Speaking about the event Stewart said:

It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s been three years since I last drove a stock car, but seeing some of these road-course races – especially the Roval at Charlotte – have piqued my interest a bit, so this is a good way to sort of satisfy that hunger. “I’ve never been to COTA. All I know about it is what I’ve seen on TV and on my iRacing simulator. I kind of like that. Even after two decades in NASCAR, there’s still new stuff to experience. I haven’t driven that racetrack and Kevin and Romain haven’t ever driven a stock car. We’ll figure it out together.

Stewart went on to say:

People sometimes say, ‘We miss seeing you behind the wheel,” and I’m like, ‘Well, you’re going to the wrong places now. “I’m racing 100 times a year. You’ve just got to come watch me in a different car.

Stewart’s car will be specially modified to have a passenger seat onboard where both Haas F1 Team driver’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will take turns in seeing how to take a stock car around the challenging Circuit Of The Americas.

Speaking about his time in a NASCAR last year Magnussen said:

“I found my feet in that sprint car last October pretty quickly thanks to his advice, and also thanks to him jumping in the car and showing how it’s done before I got in. “I had a great time with Tony. He’s a great driving instructor and he knows his way around these things. His experience and knowledge when it comes to stock cars is probably just as impressive.”

Magnussen went on to say:

A DTM car is very aerodynamic. “They have a lot of downforce. A stock car hardly has any downforce. So, I don’t have any idea how it’ll be. I’ve never driven a NASCAR before. I’m pretty certain it’s going to be very different to the other car I drive around COTA. It’s going to be a very interesting experience. A NASCAR is such an iconic racecar. I’ve always been eager to try one. Of course, it’s usually in its element on an oval, but they do race on road courses, as well. It’ll be interesting to have a go and have a bit of fun.”

Grosjean is looking forward to driving the stock car saying:

I think we just need to slam the brakes a bit earlier than we do with a Formula One car. “We’ll see how the engine responds to throttle application. I can’t wait. The sound of it’s going to be great. I think it’s going to be a good experience. I think having Tony Stewart helping us and giving us advice is going to be bloody amazing.

On Saturday 2nd November Tony Stewart will be inducted into the Texas Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame and speaking about the accolade he said:

It does mean a lot to me. “It’s nothing you think about as a driver. It’s not your aspiration while you’re driving to be in the Hall of Fame. When you’re a driver, all you want to do is win big races and win championships, and to still have that opportunity and still be able to race and compete at the same time as we’re joining the Hall of Fame is pretty cool.

The No.14 SHR Automtion Ford Mustang

 

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