Known as "The People's Champion" for his blue-collar, hard-nosed style of competition, Stewart has proven to be a master of any type of race car he drives.
- Inducted: 2020
- Position:Driver / Owner
Stewart immediately showed that he was a force to be reckoned with—earning three victories in his Rookie of the Year season.
The titles soon followed. Stewart won his first Cup championship in 2002 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and answered that quickly in 2005. His versatility was on display throughout his 17-year NASCAR career. He tallied 49 wins in the Cup Series
—winning on every style of track.
He won the prestigious Brickyard 400 at his beloved, home of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, twice. In 2009, Stewart became a team owner, partnering with Gene Haas. He won 16 times as a driver/owner including one of the most memorable championship pursuits in history.
In 2011, he won five of the 10 Playoff races—including the season finale—to claim his third title by virtue of a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards. Stewart-Haas Racing has 51 wins, including the 2017 Daytona 500, and has added a second championship with Kevin Harvick in 2014.