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7/15/08 7:17 A

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Wow what a team if Ryan joins him. I think they would do an excellent job working together.

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7/14/08 8:30 P

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My husband said JGR is one of the most giving and family centered team he has workedfor (he has worked for Hendricks and Haas). Dh said Tony came in and gave a going away speech to all the guys. He told them his heart says stay but his brain says go. Many of the guys got up and shook his hand and said he would be stupid not to take this chance. They are very optimistic with Lagano coming in. He is supposed to drive the Research and Development car a few times.

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I like the interview Tony and Joe Gibbs did the other day. You could hear in their voices and demener how much they respected each other. Good Luck Tony.

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7/11/08 9:20 P

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You're right Ang, it was. I think that says a lot about Zippy and JGR.

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I also just read on Nascar.com why Zippy is staying with JGR. He said he is staying there because he owes them his whole career and he can't imagine leaving "the purse". He said the only reason he would be leaving would be for his friendship with Tony and he was sure thier friendship would continue. It was a nice piece also.

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There is another excellent article on Tony on Nascar.com titled "The other side of Stewart: Reaching to those in need". Everyone needs to read this, especially those that don't like/don't understand Tony. It is what endeared him to me years ago.

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I've been following this all week! I love Tony and am so happy for him!!! I think he handled himself so well yesterday during the press conference!! go Stewart-Haas Racing!!!!! Can't wait to see the new car!

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Thanks for posting this Katherine!

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Haas CNN offered Stewart a deal he couldn't refuse!

JOLIET, Ill. -- He had never felt any desire to become an owner on NASCAR's premier circuit, never felt any need to entangle himself in the politics of the Sprint Cup tour. He was happy and content running his three racetracks and four open-wheel teams -- until he stepped out of a car he owned after winning the prestigious Chili Bowl midget race in 2007, and everything suddenly changed.

"Climbing out of that car and knowing I have played a part in building that team," Tony Stewart said, "was a feeling like I had never had before."

And that feeling ultimately led him to Thursday, when the two-time NASCAR champion formally unveiled Stewart Haas Racing, an entity that will compete on the Sprint Cup Series next season. Stewart left longtime home Joe Gibbs Racing a year before his contract expired, because the powers that be at what's now called Haas CNC Racing offered him a deal he couldn't refuse -- 50 percent ownership in return not for money, but for his ability to win races, court sponsors, and turn a struggling organization around.
"It's not a decision that was made overnight," Stewart said before a packed media room at Chicagoland Speedway. "This was a long process, and not something that was easy by any means. We did weigh our options heavily as to what was out there, and the opportunity to have ownership of a race team was, in my opinion, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I don't know if an offer of this magnitude has ever been made to a driver."

Officials from the Haas team first approached Stewart at the end of last season. The driver took the offer back to his current employers, Joe and J.D. Gibbs, who he said were shocked at what had been offered to him, as well as the idea that Stewart might move. "We had always thought I would start and finish my career at Joe Gibbs Racing," Stewart said.

But the idea of a legacy, of securing a place in NASCAR long after he retires as a driver, was too much. "I have an opportunity to be where you are now," he told Gibbs, who won't be available for comment until he arrives at Chicagoland on Saturday. Stewart didn't want to be held to the final season of his contract and race as a lame duck, so the team agreed to release him a year early. And the path was cleared for the formation of Stewart Haas Racing, whose black and red logo was unveiled Thursday, and "where I'll be next year and hopefully for the rest of my life in NASCAR racing," Stewart said.

Although Stewart said he signed the contract a few weeks ago, he will race his No. 20 car for Gibbs the rest of this season, and the new entity won't compete under the Stewart Haas banner until next year. As for sponsors, car numbers, and a second driver, Stewart offered no details, saying all that is a work in progress. While Stewart doesn't own the whole company, "we'll accept his lead" on personnel matters, general manager Joe Custer said.
Stewart takes ownership of a team that has struggled since debuting on NASCAR's premier circuit in 2002. Gene Haas, who founded the team, is serving a federal prison sentence for tax evasion. Both of the organization's cars are currently outside the top 35 in owner points, and without a guaranteed berth in Saturday night's race. But the team does receive engines, chassis, and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports, which has won the past two championships on the Cup level.

"I really feel like when you look at this program, we have support with Hendrick engines, chassis, technical support," Stewart said. "I feel we have the variables in place to go out and be competitive right away. At the same time, we know it's going to be a rebuilding and an adjustment process. How long will that adjustment process take? We don't know."

Saying goodbye to the only NASCAR team he's ever known wasn't easy. Stewart went to the Gibbs shop Wednesday, addressing employees as to why he was leaving at the end of the year. After he finished, there was applause. People came up to shake his hand. Everyone seemed to understand, and he said he slept better Wednesday night than he has in weeks.

And now, he's looking forward. "Obviously, this is a huge day for me," he said. "This is a turning point in my career."



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