Before Sunday's Indy Karting Classic, Tony Stewart declared that he wouldn't have an advantage because he'd be the heaviest driver in the field.
He didn't need any advantage.
Smoke won the Indy Karting Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse, beating fellow IndyCar and NASCAR drivers to the checkered flag. IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani was second and John Andretti was third. Stewart made his eventual race-winning pass on Camping World Truck Series champion Austin Dillon.
"We had a slow start to the day, but we got better as the day went on and the track got better for us," Stewart said. "Austin (Dillon) had some trouble with his brother (Ty Dillon) and someone else and got choked down and we got a big run. The inside didn't look so good and I thought the outside looked good, but then it didn't look good at all. I thought I was going to go down the tunnel, out the parking lot and downtown. It was a little bit sketchy, but we had a fast kart at the end."
The visual of Stewart motoring around downtown Indianapolis in his go-kart is almost too funny to envision. Heck, given the Colts' season this year, it'd be by far the most entertaining sports-related event in the city since the Indianapolis 500. But, alas, it wasn't a reality.
Maybe he should save some of this winning mojo and bottle it up for the Daytona 500. In 13 attempts at the 500, Stewart has never won despite notching wins in the Budweiser Shootout, Gatorade Duels, both Nationwide races and the Coke Zero 400.
- Tony Stewart
- Conseco Fieldhouse
- Alex Tagliani