For Stewart, Life And Racing Are The Same Thing
Tony Stewart will go on racing but things will never be the same for him. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
During a press conference on Monday, Tony Stewart was asked if he had considering retiring as a driver in the days since he was involved in an on-track incident in which 20-year-old competitor Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Stewart’s car.
People who know Stewart even just a little bit knew what the answer to that question was going to be. They knew that Stewart would never be able to adjust to life were he to completely walk away from driving race cars.
For Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, driving race cars isn’t what he does, it’s who he is. For Stewart, racing and living are the same thing.
“This is what I’ve done all my life,” he said Monday. “This is what I’ve done for 36 years.
“I wouldn’t change anything about it. I love what I do. I love driving race cars. I think it might change, right now, as far as how much of it and what I do. There was never a thought in my head about stopping. That would take the life out of me.”
Get what he’s saying? It is, basically: Were he to retire, then that incident on a darkened dirt track in upstate New York would have claimed yet another victim.
And there have been enough of those.
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