NASCAR star and team owner Tony Stewart has ruled out returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series as a team owner in the Indianapolis 500 when he retires from NASCAR competition at the end of this season.
Stewart 44, won the Verizon IndyCar Series title in 1997 and had five starts at the Indianapolis 500.
The three time Sprint Cup champion told RACER.com:
I think between Eldora Speedway, the All Star Circuit of Champions, Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws, four [NASCAR] Cup teams, a Modified team, two TQ Midgets … I think we’ve got enough race cars right now.
Stewart is the co-owner of the Stewart Haas NASCAR team along with Gene Haas who this season will make his debut in Formula One with the Haas F1 Team launching their first F1 car on February 21.
The US outfit have signed former Lotus F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean and former Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez for the upcoming season.
Stewart went on to talk about the Indianapolis 500 by saying:
[Indy] still has a magnetic pull, but I don’t know where I’m going to fit it into that equation. It’s still a blank spot on the top of my to-do list. I wish I was 40 pounds lighter and 15-20 years younger so I could go back and really … the thing about Indy is, it’s so competitive now. You can’t just come in in the month of May and expect to outrun the guys that are running there full-time. It’s a compliment to that [IndyCar] series that it has come such a long way.
This year marks the 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500 at the Brickyard where new team Grace Autosport (an all female outfit) run by Beth Paretta will Katherine Legge.