Aspiring racers had the opportunity to sit in Tony Stewart’s driver seat this past Saturday when one of his retired Chevy SS cars was brought to Bohemia Hand Wash on Long Island complete with simulator to give them the feel of tearing down the track.
Stewart’s car was brought to the Car Wash from Michigan courtesy of Mobil 1 at the request of business owners Norm and Heather Dullin.
“We wanted to let the public know that we are here and we are using Mobil Products,” explained Norm.
The car was accompanied by Bob Stivason, who spoke to the crowd about the history of the car as well as the meticulous care that goes into maintaining racers.
Born May 20, 1971, Anthony Wayne "Tony" Stewart began his career Go-Karting, winning the World Karting Association championship in 1987 before moving on up to racing TQ (three quarter) midgets until 1991 for United Midget Racing Association. He then he graduated to the United States Auto Club series. He and was named USAC Rookie of the Year in 1991. He later became the National Midget series champion in 1994. Tony was also the first driver to capture USAC's “Triple Crown”, earning championships in all three of USAC's major divisions, National Midget, Sprint, and Silver Crown in 1995.
The following year, Tony Stewart made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving for car owner Harry Rainer.
Although sidelined with a broken tibia and fibula suffered during a crash at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA last week, Stewart has currently been driving No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS (which he owns) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for his own team. And while the injury will sideline him for at least two months, costing him the first wild-card entry, a shot at the Chase, the No. 14 car will remain eligible for the owner's championship.