Nov 16, 2012; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) during practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Stewart Declines Indy 500 Ride from Penske

What many believed was a simple joke during the Sprint Cup Series Awards last week in Las Vegas, was actually a legitimate offer from Roger Penske to Tony Stewart.

Penske offered to field an additional entry in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 for Tony Stewart if he wanted to pull the Memorial Day weekend double duty in addition to his Coca Cola 600 duties.

“I’m very humbled by the fact that he offered it to us. It’s a great opportunity, but it’s very hard when you’re running three Cup teams right now and the obligations that we have making sure that we’re doing the right things, we have a lot of people that depend on us. & It’s kind of like being at Thanksgiving dinner. My plate is finally full. I don’t know if I can add anymore to what I have right now. I’m not going to do it this year, but there’s nothing saying that down the road that I may not take him up on that same offer,” Stewart said.

While many fans would love to see Smoke run the double, it isn’t going to be happening this year. Maybe next year he can find the time.

Stewart has not raced in the IndyCar Series since 2001 when he last raced the Indianapolis 500. He has three wins in five seasons on IndyCar racing.

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