Tony Stewart Racing will self-discipline two fulltime entries in 2022 – one in High Gas for 9-time tournament winner Leah Pruett and one in Comic Vehicle for 39-time tournament winner Matt Hagan.
Stewart, 50, has been a traditional at NHRA events since final one year when he and Pruett started relationship. The couple are actually engaged and situation to be married in November after the NHRA season finale in Pomona, Calif.
“When I retired from fulltime riding I acknowledged it wasn’t the discontinue, nonetheless the starting of a singular chapter. That is proof of that,” acknowledged Stewart, who moreover co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Cup Sequence with Gene Haas.
“I treasure every form of racing and I’ve incessantly been intrigued about hump racing and NHRA, in explicit. Wait on in 2009 when Tony Schumacher and I had been both representing the U.S. Army, I got to dangle around with him and Don Schumacher on the U.S. Nationals. Tony ended up a hit and after taking all of it in, I used to be zigzag.
“On the opposite hand it wasn’t till I met Leah and started going to races on a traditional basis, where I seen the approach and the preparation firsthand, that I the truth is understood it.”
The manufacturer and the personnel’s technical alliance affiliate, alongside with corporate companions, will likely be presented at a later date.
Tony Stewart Racing used to be formed in November 2000 and has won 27 proprietor championships – 14 in USAC, 9 in the World of Outlaws Scurry Vehicle Sequence, and 4 in the All Considerable particular person Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets.
TSR will proceed its drag automobile program, which is headlined by 10-time WoO champion Donny Schatz. TSR’s NHRA and drag automobile entries will operate out of its existing 25,000-square-foot facility in Brownsburg, Ind.
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“I’m unique to the NHRA, nonetheless I’m not unique to motorsports,” Stewart acknowledged. “Now we bear fine infrastructure in recount and we’re outmoded to building issues from the ground up. It makes success that great extra rewarding.”
Pruett, 33, is in the meanwhile in her 25th consecutive season competing in NHRA, which started in the sequence’ Jr. Paddle Racing League as an 8-one year-outmoded. She won the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Sequence championship in the Nostalgia Comic Vehicle class and has spent the final eight years advancing her technique by strategy of High Gas.
Nonetheless, the Redlands, Calif.-native isn’t confined to NHRA’s top class. She has pulled double responsibility a selection of years by moreover competing fulltime in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown, a hit the title in 2018 for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).
“I’m an NHRA lifer and nitro racing is my ardour,” Pruett acknowledged. “Don Schumacher gave me a blinding probability when we teamed up lend a hand in 2016. I’ve realized a lot from him and he’s made me a better driver. He helped me bewitch an enormous step in my occupation and this probability with TSR affords one more expansive step.”
Hagan, 38, is the three-time and reigning Comic Vehicle champion (2011, 2014 and 2020). He joined DSR in 2009 and in the meanwhile leads the sequence point standings with three races remaining.
“Don Schumacher has been a spacious chapter in my racing occupation. We’ve won quite plenty of of trophies and further than one championships collectively through the years, and that’s on fable of the wonderful personnel he’s placed around me and the alternatives that he’s given us to achieve success,” Hagan acknowledged.
“This next chapter with Tony Stewart is one I’m enraged for. I’m ready to shuffle racing. That’s what I’m here to achieve. I’m leaping into this unique program with two toes and I’m assured in the bundle we’re bringing into the 2022 season with TSR. Let’s produce some historic previous.”
TSR will produce its NHRA debut on the 2022 season opener Feb. 17-20 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.