In a recent interview, Tony Stewart spoke on a number of subjects, including the recruitment of Chase Briscoe for the 2021 campaign. The ex NASCAR driver also opened up on the Ford & Toyota Development Programs.
it mainly started off as a question about the recent reinstatement of Kyle Larson back in NASCAR, however Tony Stewart was quick to dodge it. Instead, he redirected it towards the subject of driver programs.
He stated, “I think Ford’s done an awesome job with their driver development program. There’s not a lot of drivers in it, but there’s a reason there’s not a lot of drivers in it. They put that focus on a small group of race car drivers versus one of the other OEMs out there.”
The 49-y-o believes that it ruins other drivers’ careers when the likes of Toyota sign many drivers. Then, at the end of the day, they have nowhere for those drivers to go.
“It’s not throwing darts at a dartboard and feel like Ford has done an awesome job. Chase [Briscoe] is a prime perfect example of that. They were the first ones to really recognize his talent before anybody else.”
This is why Stewart is really happy that the likes of Ford have a very selective program. Ford recognize when drivers are fully committed to the program and push them hard to reach their full potential.
Tony Stewart stated that, at the end of the day, that is the main point of the Xfinity program is to comb the talent, and it is not just limited to the drivers, but also the crew chiefs, crew members, pit crew, etc.