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Tony Stewart Declines Indy 500 Invite

Posted By: Kyle West · 12/5/2012 7:14:00 PM

Last Friday night at the 2012 NASCAR season awards dinner, car owner Roger Penske invited Tony Stewart to drive one of his Penske Racing IndyCars in the 2013 Indianapolis 500.  While Stewart used to drive in the IRL series, and is known for his love of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he declined comment on the invitation until today. has more:

Tony Stewart has passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.

The three-time NASCAR champion said Wednesday at the International Motorsports Industry Show that he wouldn't attempt to race in both the Indy 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

There has been a push to get Stewart to race in Indianapolis since Penske made the offer, with Indianapolis Motor Speedway starting an online petition for fans to encourage the driver to accept the ride.

Stewart has raced five times in the Indy 500, starting from the pole as a rookie in 1996 and leading 44 laps before his engine failed. His highest finish was fifth in 1997.

The Indiana native twice ran both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. In 1999, he was ninth at Indy and fourth at Charlotte, and in 2001, he was sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte.

I'm kind of disappointed!  I would of loved to see Smoke back at the 500 this May!

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