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Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing - Q&A

It makes me feel good that I feel like we're making him proud and that he wants to be more involved and more engaged in it. That's a great thing in any sport if you can have an owner that is becoming more engaged as he is. I don't know that you can ask for a better scenario than that.

As far as it being an adjustment, there will be. Obviously the last two weeks, we sat with him last Monday and said, listen, what are you going to say when you go down there tomorrow. He's like, I'll just wing it. I'm like, no, you can't do that. Speaking from experience you can't just wing it when you get down there. He called me two days later, and he goes, man, you were right. He read what was written and realized that you've got to think about it or more than just shooting from the hip with it.

I think it's as much of an adjustment for him as it is for me, but the good thing is we're both working for the same cause and the same results, and that side of it is pretty exciting.

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Tony Stewart:
I honestly didn't know - I didn't know what the extent of it was to be honest. You know, like I said, I'm kind of a - I'm squeamish when it comes to - I can't let them draw blood to do my physicals each year without looking at the ceiling and stuff. When it happened and when it was - the doctor I told you that was the first one to me in the race car, he was also in the ambulance, and he tried at some point during the ride to somewhat explain to me what was going on, and I did this and said, I do not need to know. I don't want to hear it.

I learned a lot more about it after the first surgery when the doctor - the surgeon came in when we got out of recovery and were coherent enough to understand what he was saying, and we realized the severity of it then. But the threat of losing the leg, I don't think it was ever to the point where there was a huge threat of it. There was a lot of trauma that went on with the leg obviously during that, but by the time the surgery was over, they had already overcome all that and got everything stable.

You know, I learned a lot more about it after it happened, but I guess during that process I was on a need-to-know basis, and I did not need to know, for sure.

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I know you said that you've been watching the races, all the gadgets and radios and stuff, but what do you see? What's your impression of watching the races? You've been in every Cup race since you started. What does it look like to you on TV?

Tony Stewart:
Same as the replays look like when I watch them on Monday after the race. You know, I thought Atlanta was good. I don't know, with the way the race was going, I don't think anybody knew 20 laps from the end when we had that first restart, first of the last two restarts, I don't know how you could have planned who exactly was going to win. Kurt's restart was outstanding, and threading the needle, he drove by four cars in one corner on the restart there.

I guess it really hasn't changed my perspective of it because you always see the replays on Monday or Tuesday or you see the highlights of it. From that standpoint it really hasn't changed - I guess I've been a little more engaged than just watching it on TV. I spend more time watching the lap times on the computer and watching exactly where the cars are and really stay focused on listening to the audio, listening to Mark's comments during the race and listening to my comments to how I talk about the car to Steve Addington and how Mark does, the language is totally different. But a couple weeks into it learning what he's wanting and trying to figure out, okay, what will we do in that scenario, and then I can scroll to Danica's channel and then I can scroll to Ryan's channel, and just going back and forth, I stay really busy during the race because I'm not only listening to what's going on in the #14 car but I'm really engaged with what all three cars are going through during the race.

Like I said, watching it on the computer, I'm not sitting back in a recliner getting a beer every commercial break and watching it on TV; I'm really engaged and got a lot more information than what they're just getting from the TV broadcast side of it.

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