Tony Stewart To Drive In 2001 Indianapolis 500, Will Still Drive At Kentucky Speedway May 11th.
NASCAR Winston Cup Star Tony Stewart announced today he would attempt to qualify and drive in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, both scheduled for Sunday, May 27. Stewart also assured Kentucky Speedway today he will honor his USAC WorldCom Midget Series commitment to race at the track on Friday May 11 at 8:00 p.m.
As a result of Stewart's Indianapolis 500 announcement, his previously announced May 11 schedule at Kentucky Speedway will be altered because all Indy teams will be testing and practicing their machines for qualifying at the famed Indianapolis speedway on that date.
Stewart will depart directly to Kentucky Speedway via helicopter following his practice session at Indianapolis to drive in the featured USAC leg of "Jani King Twin 50s." He will participate in an autograph session following the main event.
"This is certainly great news," said Mark F. Cassis, executive vice president and general manager of Kentucky Speedway. "When Tony agreed to drive in the Indianapolis 500, we knew he would have to practice May 11. He called us today and said he would work it all out to be able to drive and meet the fans at Kentucky Speedway Friday night. This will be a very long day for Tony and truly shows how much he cares about the fans."
Kentucky Speedway gates open Friday at 4:00 p.m. on May 11. Fans will be able to see the final practice by ARCA RE/MAX Series stock cars on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The speedway's quarter-mile track heats up at 6:00 p.m. for an evening of short track excitement featuring the "Jani King Twin 50s" with USAC Worldcom Midget Car Series and ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.
Great seats still remain at the 66,000-seat venue for "The Outback Steakhouse 300" and "Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night" June 15.