As a series champion of the Indy Racing League before he turned his attention to NASCAR, Tony Stewart was immediately the subject of speculation about a possible renewed IndyCar role now that Chevrolet has announced its return to open-wheel racing for 2012. However, Stewart, who fields his own Sprint Cup team, said he had no interest at the present time in returning to Indy cars either as a driver or team owner.
“I am excited about it," Stewart said of Chevy's announcement. "This Honda program they had over there was a joke, anyway. I mean, the way that they did it and the way the guys were limited on practice time [at Indianapolis], it was just a fiasco. So, thank God we finally have an American-made engine back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
That enthusiasm didn't translate into personal interest on Stewart's part, however: “No. No, no, no and no," he said emphatically when asked about the possibility of racing at Indy himself or setting up a team. "I don't have any extra time to do any of that right now.”
Asked whether he considered the news to be a boost to IndyCar racing generally, Stewart was equally non-committal.
“Well, I am not in the middle of it," he replied. "You have to remember that I have been totally removed from it for nine years now, so I haven't been very close to it. I mean, it's something I have been passionate about but I haven't been close enough to know, to be honest with you.”