Indianapolis Motor Speedway builds dirt track for Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart after his win at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway on June 26, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will be the last for Indiana native son Tony Stewart as a driver in the Cup Series. According to a report from the Indianapolis Star
on Tuesday, Stewart’s home track, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, plans to give Stewart a retirement gift in the form of a dirt track in turn three of the main track.
According to the report, IMS President Doug Boles revealed plans to construct a 3/16-mile dirt oval in time for a media appearance on July 5, and on that day, several dirt midget drivers are expected to put on an exhibition event. Plans also include the ability to modify the track to possibly host dirt sprint car races in the future.
Boles told the Indy Star that IMS won’t begin hosting dirt-track events frequently, but would be open to hosting special events. The portion of the IMS infield occupied by the new dirt track will still be used for parking for events on the “big track.”
Stewart will run his last Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24. He is a two-time Brickyard 400 winner. He also previously raced at the track in the Indianapolis 500.