Stewart heading ‘home’ to race at Brickyard

Tony Stewart will be back behind the wheel — albeit for just one race — more than three years after retiring from full-time driving with a July 4 return to Indianapolis’ famed Brickyard for the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Indiana 250.

“There’s no place like home … and home is where I’ll be on the Fourth of July,” wrote the newly enshrined Hall of Famer on social media Wednesday.

This year marks the first time the race will be held on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.

“Everyone knows what Indy means to me, so I can’t think of a better place to race on Fourth of July weekend,” said Stewart, who grew up 45 minutes from Indianapolis, in a news release. “It’s going to be cool making history by turning left and right in a stock car at the Brickyard, and the racing will be full of action and contact. Any time you can drive any racecar at the speedway is special, and you know I’m going for the win. The date is already circled on my calendar.”

The 48-year-old Stewart, a three-time Cup Series champion (2002, 2005, 2011), has won two Brickyard 400 titles (2005, 2007) and made five Indianapolis 500 starts in IndyCar competition.

Since retiring in 2016, he has focused on his role as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing but makes occasional sprint-car starts across the country. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Jan. 31 as part of the Class of 2020.

Stewart’s last Xfinity Series start was in 2013, when he won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. He has 11 career Xfinity wins, including seven at Daytona.

Details regarding Stewart’s car number, crew and primary partner have yet to be announced.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)