Tony Stewart won a World Karting Association championship in 1987, at age of 16, and then moved up to the United Midget Racing Association (UMRA) where he raced TQ (three quarter) midgets until 1991 when he again moved up this time to the United States Auto Club (USAC). Stewart was USAC National Midget Series Champion in 1994 and 1995, and USAC Silver Crown Series champion in 1988. In 1995, Stewart became the first driver to win USAC’s version of the Triple Crown, earning championships in all three of USAC’s major divisions, National Midget, Sprint, and Silver Crown. In 1996 Stewart progressed to Indycar racing and made his NASCAR debut, competing part-time during the 1996 NASCAR Busch Series. Stewart won the second season of the Indy Racing League (1996-97) and was third in 1998 before finally switching to NASCAR Cup series in 1999. He raced #20 Home Depot-sponsored Pontiac in his first NASCAR Cup season for Joe Gibbs Racing, and entered for Indy 500. At Indianapolis Stewart drove Home Depot-sponsored Dallara for Tri-Star Racing. Tony attempted a “Doulbe Duty” on Memorial Day weekend, as he competed in both the Indy 500 during the day and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., at night. He finished in the Top 10 at both races: 9th in the 1999 Indianapolis 500 and 4th at Charlotte.
The 1/64 models of Stewart’s Dallara was made by Racing Champions for Home Depot promotion.
|1999||Indy Racing League||Indy 500|
|Tony Stewart||22||Tri-Star Motorsports|
|Dallara IR9||Oldsmobile||Home Depot|
|1:64||Racing Champions||Home Depot Edition|