Loveland, OH (18 Jan, 2017) – Hoffman Auto Racing (HAR) is taking great pride today in
announcing that 3-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Indy Car Series Champion,
first ever USAC Triple Crown Champion and one of the greatest/most versatile American
Race Car drivers in history, Tony Stewart, will drive the Mean Green, Lykins Energy
Solutions, Hoosier Tire, Purple Heart, Hoffman sprint car in the 2017 Little 500.
“We were celebrating our 2016 Little 500 win on the front stretch of Anderson Speedway
when good friend Tara Armstrong said that Tony Stewart wanted to congratulate my son
Rob and I on the big win. He was so gracious taking the time to call us. He also mentioned
that running The Little 500 is on his bucket list and keep him in mind for 2017. I didn’t
think I could get any more excited at the time, but I did. Tony driving this race for us will go down
as a highlight in the storied 88 year history of HAR. Needless to say, my son, Rob
will come out of retirement to prepare and crew chief the car.”
“I’m thrilled to make my Little 500 debut with Hoffman Auto Racing, “Stewart said. “It’s
a privilege to have the opportunity to compete in such a historic race with this team.
Ironically, my only other outing in the Hoffman #69 was at Eldora Speedway, long before I
owned it. The team was strong then and it has remained strong. Their win in last year’s
Little 500 proved it, and I’m looking forward to driving their racecar.”
“A big shout out to our sponsors for stepping up and making our participation in this year’s
Little 500 with Tony Stewart possible. We want to especially thank Mean Green, Hoosier
Tires and Lykins Energy Solutions for their continued support of HAR’, said Tim Waechter
VP of Marketing/Public Relations and Social Media for HAR.
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Highlights of the team’s history include:
- 1929-1960 Gus campaigned Sprint Cars and Midgets, his drivers included Eddie Sachs, and Don Branson
- 1964 Gus’s son Richard became co-owner of the Team
- 1973-1984 HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts
- 1989 HAR won the first of 11 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08,’14,’16)
With 100 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 11 National Championships, HAR has won
more National races and championships than any other team in USAC sprint car history.
HAR also has 7 Silver Crown wins and one USAC midget win for a total of 108 USAC
National wins. In 2003 HAR was recognized for excellence by the Ohio State Senate and
House of Representatives. HAR has finished in the top 3 in USAC National Sprint Car
owners points 20 times since 1989.
Drivers from the past 87 years reads like a who’s who of racing: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart,
Tracy Hines, JJ Yeley, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Irwin Jr, Rich Vogler, Dave Darland, Johnny
Parsons Jr., Tim Richmond, Jay Drake, Brian Tyler, Robbie Stanley, Eric Gordon, Steve
Butler , Jerry Coons Jr. Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, George Snider, Tom Bigelow Shorty
Templemen, Don Branson, Eddie Sachs, Bill Puterbaugh, Elmer George, Pancho Carter,
Roger Ward, Andy Michener, Kyle Larson and Brady Bacon. In all approximately 131
drivers have competed in the Hoffman cars. Of those, there are four father/son combinations,
Dick and Dickie Gaines, Jim and Tracy Hines Kerry and Dave Norris, Clark and Shorty
Templemen. Two brother combinations, Larry and Steve Cannon, Pancho Carter and Johnny
Parsons Jr. HAR also had a step-grandfather and step grandson combination of Elmer
George and Ed Carpenter.
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing