2002 Winston Cup Series Champion 2005 Nextel Cup Series Champion 2011 Sprint Cup Series Champion 1997 Indy Racing League Champion 2016 USAC Hall of Fame 1995 USAC Triple Crown Champion 1994 USAC National Midget Series Champion 2006 IROC champion 2005, 2007 Brickyard 400 Winner 2009 Sprint All-Star Race winner 2001, 2002, 2007 Budweiser Shootout Winner 2006, 2008, 2009 Prelude to the Dream Winner 2005, 2007, 2012 Gatorade Duel Winner 2000 Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner 2002, 2007 Chili Bowl Winner He is the only driver in history to win a championship in both Indy Car and NASCAR. 14 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing, under crew chief Mike Bugarewicz. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car, under crew chief Greg Zipadelli with The Home Depot as the primary sponsor.
While driving for car owner Joe Gibbs, Stewart won two Cup Series championships in 20.
In 2011, Stewart became the first owner-driver since Alan Kulwicki to win the Cup Series championship, which ended Jimmie Johnson's streak of consecutive championships at five.
He is also the first driver in the Cup Series to win the championship by virtue of a tie breaker (number of wins during the season is the first level tie breaker; Stewart had five while eventual runner-up Carl Edwards had one).
Stewart also has a Sprint Cup Championship as an owner, as the Stewart-Haas owned No. This gives Stewart five Sprint Cup Championships total for his career (three driver championships and two owner championships).
Stewart was born the youngest of three kids in Columbus, Indiana, on May 20, 1971 and attended Columbus North High School, where he played the Trombone in the Columbus North Marching Band and graduated in 1989.
He grew up racing go karts and was successful very early, winning a World Karting Association championship in 1987.
When he was not racing Indy Cars, he raced stock cars.
In 1996, Stewart made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving for car owner Harry Rainer. He had more success in a one-time ride in the Craftsman Truck Series with Mueller Brothers racing, where he finished 10th.Stewart was poised to improve his Indy Racing League (IRL) standing in 1997 but at times he struggled to finish.He 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) series with help from one of his karting sponsors and friend Mark Dismore.Stewart was the USAC Rookie of the Year in 1991, USAC National Midget Series Champion in 19, and USAC Silver Crown Series champion in 1995.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.His winning the Hut Hundred and 4-Crown Nationals were the highlights of the year.