Tony Stewart is ready to make himself happy again. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is retiring at the end of the year and honestly, he couldn’t be any happier about it. In fact, that’s the only thing that’s making him happy in NASCAR right now, as he’s ready to leave the sport as a driver. To him, Homestead couldn’t come soon enough.
“I’m ready to go run stuff that makes me happy, and driving a Sprint Cup car does not make me happy right now,” Stewart said this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. “A lot of things have changed. The atmosphere has changed. There’s so much stuff in the garage area that’s changed that it was time for me to make a change with it.
“I’ve dedicated 18 years of my life to this series and it’s done great by me – I’ve made a great living doing it. But at the same time, there are other things in life I want to do other than be at a NASCAR track three days a week for 38 weekends out of 52 weeks a year.”
Stewart, has said he’s spoken to friends who have retired from other various forms of motorsports, and thinks their happiness in doing what they want to do after retirement will be the same joy for him.
“I can’t imagine there’s not more to life than this,” he said. “I know there is. I know people that talk about it all the time.”
These comments all came from a run-in with Jamie McMurray in practice on Friday as it ticked Stewart off enough to flip McMurray off during his practice run. It was a prime example on why Stewart wants out.
“Some of the things these guys do nowadays doesn’t make sense,” Stewart said. “When we had Dale (Earnhardt) Sr. and Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett, they were able to get their arms around these guys and get them to listen and make sense. There’s really nobody here that can do that anymore. Everybody is out of control.”