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Stewart declines Penske Indy 500 offer

Stewart went on to explain that the standard of racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series was such that it simply wasn't realistic for someone such as himself to just show up and expect to have a realistic chance of winning.

"The IRL is so competitive now, you're not going to just show up like drivers used to do in the past and be competitive," he said. "These guys don't leave anything on the table there. You're not going to stroll into the Indy 500 with these guys who race every week and be as competitive as they are.

"It was a very humbling comment and offer that he made, for sure," Stewart added regarding Penske, who has seen his team's cars win the Indy 500 15 times to date. "I'm not going to do it this year, but there's nothing saying that down the road that I may not take him up on that same offer," he added.

The crowd reportedly booed the announcement from Stewart that he wouldn't compete in 2013. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway had even set up a 'Smoke2Indy' petition on its website to try and persuade Stewart to go for the double.

Stewart added that he followed the IndyCar competition closely. "I'm watching everything that's going on. It's definitely something we pay attention to," he said.

Supporting that was an enthusiastic tweet from Brad Keselowski, the Penske Racing driver who has followed Stewart as NASCAR Sprint Cup champion after the climax of the 2012 season.

"If Ford had an IndyCar presence, I hope Roger would talk to me," Keselowski posted on the social media site. "Who wouldn't want to do it?"



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