CHASING CARS Smoke is on the fringes
of the top dozen in the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series standings, but there are staff
changes coming at Stewart-Haas Racing.
(BOTTOM LEFT) Bryan Clauson is one of
Tony Stewart Racing’s young guns, and
the Sprint and Midget ace scored his first
Firestone Indy Lights podium in Iowa.
get you this, we’ll get you that.” You go get it by winning races. Nobody got it for me. Lots of people helped me along the
way, but I got it on my own by winning.
Je; Gordon got it on his own. You’ve got
to go out and win races and take care of
yourself that way. That’s how you get.
Turning to another subject, I want to
thank Mobil 1 for putting together the
Seat Swap with Lewis Hamilton at
Watkins Glen International. It was one of
the coolest days of my life. We only ran
four laps, but there was so much that
happened in that four-lap period that
was cool. To get back in an open-wheel
car and drive something so radically
di;erent than what I ran in IndyCars – that was the experience
of a lifetime, for sure. There’s no doubt about it.
I could spend 12 hours talking about how cool it was because
everything about it was cool! I sat there looking at the McLaren
thinking, “Wow, I know what they’re trying to do here and I’m
trying to figure out how they get it to do that,” and “I see what
they’re trying to achieve there. How’d they figure it out?” That
was the stu; I loved about it. And then going out there and
getting to drive it, I could feel the e;ects of the technical aspects
that I’d just been so caught up in while examining the car.
Lewis and I immediately established a rapport: you’d think
we grew up next door to each other. He was like a kid in the
candy store, I was like a kid in the candy store. Even when we
first met at the TV commercial shoot, we got along great. I
definitely think we’ll stay in touch.
As far as Stewart-Haas Racing goes, right now we’re still
OF A LIFETIME…I COULD SPEND
12 HOURS TALKING ABOUT IT”
looking for someone to take the place of
Bobby Hutchens, our former competition
director. But it’s not a crisis/911 situation
where we’re running around trying to
find someone just to get a body in there.
We’ve got Matt Borland serving in the
interim and he’s been in that role with a
team before. That allows us to be patient
and make sure we’re very thorough in
our search for who we want to hire. There’s
been a lot of interest and a lot of people
inquiring about the position already.
That’s a good sign, because it tells us that
people want to be a part of what we’re
doing here at Stewart-Haas. We just
want to make sure that what we do takes
the team in the direction we want to go.
Meanwhile, it’s onward and upward
as we try to race the No. 14 O;ce Depot/
Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala into the Chase
for the Sprint Cup and my teammate
Ryan Newman does likewise with the
No. 39 U.S. Army/Haas Automation
Chevy. Catch you next time!
“THAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE
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Mobil 1’s fine idea of swapping rides between Hamilton
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and Stewart was hugely appealing to both drivers.
Tony loved being back in an open-wheel car, and
got on well with the Formula 1 ace.