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Stewart is the only driver to win the Cup Series championship under the old points system and the chase playoff format, and is the only driver to win the title under three different sponsorships (Winston in 2002, Nextel in 2005, and Sprint in 2011).
He is also the first driver in the Cup Series to win the championship by virtue of a tie breaker (number of wins during the season is the first level tie breaker; Stewart had five while eventual runner-up Carl Edwards had one.) Stewart was born in Columbus, Indiana, on May 20, 1971, attended Columbus North High School and graduated in 1989.
At that year's Indy 500, Stewart's car was good enough to enable him to win his first IRL race, leading 64 laps.
He is the only driver in history to win a championship in both Indy Car and NASCAR.When he was not racing Indy Cars, he raced stock cars.In 1996, Stewart made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving for car owner Harry Rainer. He had more success in a one-time ride in the Craftsman Truck Series with Mueller Brothers racing, where he finished 10th.Stewart was poised to improve his Indy Racing League (IRL) standing in 1997 but at times he struggled to finish.He failed to finish the first three races of a ten race schedule, but recovered to come in second at Phoenix.
In 2011, Stewart had an ownership interest in the team.