Catch Stewart at Brickyard

Tony Stewart fans, or even NASCAR fans who want to catch a glimpse of the three-time Sprint Cup champion, will have several chances to see the Columbus native this week at the Brickyard 400 activities.

And not all the opportunities are while he’s practicing, qualifying or racing.

The best chance to see Stewart up close is at 8:30 a.m. Friday during an autograph session with Chevy drivers. The session is in the East Chalet at the Pagoda Plaza. Stewart will be there along with teammates Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick, plus several other drivers. However, the session is limited to 125 people — adults and children — and they must have a wristband to participate. Wristbands are available starting at 8 a.m. at the Pagoda Plaza.

Later Friday, some Chevy drivers will be available at 10:05 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. for question-and-answer sessions on the Chevy Stage at the museum lot. Drivers for those sessions haven’t been announced, but because Stewart is a Chevy driver he would be a possibility.

For Stewart die-hards, they can kick off the race weekend by watching Stewart’s trailer and the other NASCAR race team trailers arrive at 6 p.m. Thursday. The parade of trailers takes place on Main Street in Speedway.

Stewart’s on-track activities begins at 11:35 a.m. Friday with the Sprint Cup Series practice, which lasts until 1 p.m. Another practice session is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Qualifications for the race are 2:10 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

On race day, Sunday, Stewart will take part in pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions, that start at 12:30 p.m. The race will start a little after 1 p.m.

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