Tony Stewart Racing will area two fulltime entries in 2022 – one in High Gasoline for nine-time occasion winner Leah Pruett and one in Humorous Automobile for 39-time occasion winner Matt Hagan.
Stewart, 50, has been an everyday at NHRA occasions since final yr when he and Pruett started relationship. The couple are actually engaged and set to be married in November after the NHRA season finale in Pomona, Calif.
“After I retired from fulltime driving I stated it wasn’t the top, however the starting of a brand new chapter. That is proof of that,” stated Stewart, who additionally co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing within the NASCAR Cup Collection with Gene Haas.
“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 bought to hang around with him and Don Schumacher on the U.S. Nationals. Tony ended up successful and after taking all of it in, I used to be hooked.
“However it wasn’t till I met Leah and began going to races repeatedly, the place I noticed the technique and the preparation firsthand, that I really understood it.”
The producer and the workforce’s technical alliance affiliate, together with company companions, shall be introduced at a later date.
Tony Stewart Racing was shaped in November 2000 and has gained 27 proprietor championships – 14 in USAC, 9 within the World of Outlaws Dash Automobile Collection, and 4 within the All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets.
TSR will proceed its dash automotive program, which is headlined by 10-time WoO champion Donny Schatz. TSR’s NHRA and dash automotive entries will function out of its present 25,000-square-foot facility in Brownsburg, Ind.
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“I’m new to the NHRA, however I’m not new to motorsports,” Stewart stated. “We have now good infrastructure in place and we’re used to constructing issues from the bottom up. It makes success that rather more rewarding.”
Pruett, 33, is presently in her twenty fifth consecutive season competing in NHRA, which started within the sequence’ Jr. Drag Racing League as an 8-year-old. She gained the 2010 NHRA Sizzling Rod Heritage Racing Collection championship within the Nostalgia Humorous Automobile class and has spent the final eight years advancing her method by means of High Gasoline.
Nonetheless, the Redlands, Calif.-native just isn’t confined to NHRA’s high class. She has pulled double obligation a lot of years by additionally competing fulltime within the NHRA Manufacturing unit Inventory Showdown, successful the title in 2018 for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).
“I’m an NHRA lifer and nitro racing is my ardour,” Pruett stated. “Don Schumacher gave me an unimaginable likelihood after we teamed up again in 2016. I’ve discovered quite a bit from him and he’s made me a greater driver. He helped me take a large step in my profession and this chance with TSR affords one other large step.”
Hagan, 38, is the three-time and reigning Humorous Automobile champion (2011, 2014 and 2020). He joined DSR in 2009 and presently leads the sequence level standings with three races remaining.
“Don Schumacher has been an enormous chapter in my racing profession. We’ve gained an entire lot of trophies and a number of championships collectively over time, and that’s due to the unimaginable workforce he’s positioned round me and the alternatives that he’s given us to achieve success,” Hagan stated.
“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 toes and I’m assured within the bundle we’re bringing into the 2022 season with TSR. Let’s make some historical past.”
TSR will make its NHRA debut on the 2022 season opener Feb. 17-20 at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona.