[r65] Rep. Koch Honors Nascar's Tony Stewart (2/5/2008)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Start Date: 2/5/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/5/2008

State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) authored House Concurrent Resolution 10, congratulating Tony Stewart, the winner of the 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner. Stewart is a resident of Columbus, Ind.

"It is an honor to recognize such an astounding Hoosier, who has given back to his community through his many gracious charitable contributions," said Rep. Koch. "Tony Stewart has proven to be a champion every step of the way with his remarkable achievements in the NASCAR circuit."

Stewart takes pride in his Tony Stewart Foundation, which actively supports the Victory Junction Gang, Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation and the Indiana Special Olympics. The purpose of his foundation is to help raise money for chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and to aid other charitable organizations in the protection of several animal species.

In 1995, Stewart was the first driver to win the USAC Triple Crown, winning championships in each of USAC's major divisions - National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown. In the 2008 NASCAR season, Stewart will drive the No. 20 Home Depot car for Joe Gibbs Racing. He is a champion of sprint cars and Indy cars as well as stock cars.

"This resolution congratulates Tony on his victory last July in the 2007 Brickyard and recognizes him for his many outstanding accomplishments in the field of racing that have made Hoosiers proud," said Rep. Koch.

Tony George, chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, gave Stewart his 2007 Brickyard Champion's ring during the presentation of the resolution.

Stewart's fondness for race car driving came at an early age: At age 7, he began driving go-karts with his father as the crew chief. Throughout his childhood, he dreamed of racing in the Indianapolis 500 and ultimately accomplished this dream. He has driven in five Indianapolis 500s, with his best finish being a fifth place in 1997.

For more information, contact Rep. Eric Koch by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by e-mail h65@iga.in.gov.