Tony Stewart Smoke Exhibit
Exhibit Chronicling Stewart’s Career Runs Oct. 8 – Feb. 24, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2016) – In celebration of the end of an era as NASCAR driver Tony Stewart concludes his momentous career this season, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has launched a limited-time special exhibit, “Smoke: A Tribute to Tony Stewart.” The exhibit is located in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Great Hall and runs from Oct. 8 to Feb. 24, 2017.
“It’s a huge honor. For so many fans that didn’t know how I got to NASCAR and how I came up through the ranks to get to this level, for them to be able to look back and see part of my history that got me here is something that I’m really proud of,” said Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The 2016 season marks the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he earned three championships and 13th place on the all-time wins list. But NASCAR is only part of his story. Stewart, known as “Smoke,” also achieved success in open-wheel and go-kart racing and as a team owner later in his career. This exhibit explores Stewart’s incredible achievements in motorsports from his early days of racing to present day.
Among the artifacts included in the exhibit, 10 vehicles from different eras and racing disciplines narrate Stewart’s rise to NASCAR, including:
- 1973 John Deere Lawn Mower
- 1995 USAC “Triple Crown” Championship Cars
- 1997 Indy Racing League Championship Car
- 1999 Indy Racing League “Double Duty” Car
- 1999 NASCAR Premier Series First-win Car
- 2005 Brickyard 400 and Championship Victory Car
- 2006 IROC Championship Car
- 2014 Kevin Harvick Championship Car
“Tony Stewart achieved unprecedented victories in his career in motorsports, making this exhibit equally awe-inspiring and exciting to curate,” said NASCAR Hall of Fame Director of Exhibits Kevin Schlesier. “We were eager to display some of Stewart’s most treasured cars and artifacts that illustrate his incredible achievements throughout his career.”
In addition to the cars on display, additional items incorporated in the exhibit include: two champagne bottles, one tuxedo, seven fire suits and 11 helmets, among others. The vehicles and artifacts collectively represent 28 historic milestone moments during 43 years of Stewart’s life that will give fans an insider’s look into the individual and driver known as “Smoke.”
General admission tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at nascarhall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $125. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Updates are available at facebook.com/nascarhall or by following @NASCARHall on Twitter.
About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The 5-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. For more information, visit nascarhall.com.