NASCAR Cup: Tony Stewart recognized in US House
Tony Stewart (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Richard Hudson, a republican in the US House of Representatives from North Carolina, recognized retired NASCAR driver Tony Stewart for his racing career and charitable work on Monday in the House.
“On behalf of #NC08 and @NASCAR
fans everywhere, I was proud to pay tribute to @TonyStewart
on his incredible career,” Hudson tweeted (@RepRichHudson
) tweeted Monday.
Stewart, who began his NASCAR premier-level career in 1999, retired from driving at the end of the 2016 race season that concluded Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He remains half owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, a team that fields four cars at the Cup level and will embark on its first season of Xfinity Series competition in 2017.
Stewart is a three-time Cup champion and has 49-career wins in the series, the first three coming in his rookie season and the last in 2016 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway. He won championships at NASCAR’s top level in 2002, 2005 and 2011, making him the only driver in NASCAR history to win championships under all three series corporate sponsor names — Winston, Nextel and Sprint.
Stewart’s philanthropic efforts also are well-known within the NASCAR community. Through his Tony Stewart Foundation, Stewart assists animal welfare efforts, ill children and injured fellow-racers. To honor him and celebrate his retirement, the motorsports community recently made a $1.8 million donation to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Veder’s Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Partnership in Stewart’s honor. The donation was announced Dec. 2 during the 2016 Sprint Cup Series Awards banquet at Wynn Las Vegas.