Chevy hopes to get Stewart back in Cup: One of the top executives in the General Motors racing operation said the automaker will attempt to sign Tony Stewart to a contract with another Chevrolet team after his current deal with Joe Gibbs Racing expires. “We’d be interested in Tony staying with Chevy,” Brent Dewar, GM North America vice president of sales, service and parts, said Friday at Richmond International Raceway. “Most fans don’t realize that the drivers sign with the teams, and we all respect that. I understand he’s through 2009 currently with Gibbs. We’d love for him to continue with Chevrolet down the road. … “We’ve had a great relationship with Tony.” Dewar also said Chevrolet will continue to support Stewart’s hobby—sprint-car racing—despite his defection to Toyota next year along with the rest of the Gibbs drivers. “We’ve just got to sit down and see if it makes sense for all parties,” Dewar said. “We are starting to work with him and develop … he’s passionate about sprint cars, so we can see some avenues.” Stewart said during last week’s Toyota press conference that he is planning an aggressive round of contract negotiations with his team.(Ford Racing)(9-8-2007)
It was posted a little while ago on this site I think that Tony has an 'out' persay that he could use to get out of his contract early due to Joe Gibbs Racing changing manufacturers during his contract agreement. Nothing was confirmed about this though.
I'd agree with what is said here. He'll finish his contract with Gibbs by running next year with Toyota and then bolt to RCR with Home Depot to drive the #31 car. AT&T's deal runs out after next year (I believe, not 100%). If they can't find a sponsor for Burton, then he's gone and Stewart will fill the void. If they find a sponsor for Burton, Burton stays and Stewart goes to a 4th team. Being a former champion, he'll be fine with getting into the field each week.