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I got this in an email but ill try find the site

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- james Stewart knows he's taking a gamble by leaving ama's elite kawasaki Racing team to join one that usually runs in the middle of the pack.

But Stewart also can imagine what it might feel like to be in the victory box at the Daytona sx both as a rider and a team owner, so it's a risk he's willing to take.

Having recently negotiated a release from his kawasaki contract at the end of this season, the multi-time champion announced Thursday that he will join the team currently known as Haaas-CNC as an owner-rider in 2009.

"There's no guarantees that this is going to be successful," Stewart said. "But after sitting down and evaluating what the potential of this team is, I wouldn't have made this decision if I didn't think it would be successful and if I didn't think it had the potential to be great."

Stewart will be given a 50 percent ownership stake in the team, which will be renamed Stewart-Haaas Racing.

The move had been widely anticipated, but Stewart confirmed it to his current team members and other kawasaki employees at the team's race shop Wednesday.

"I wondered how it was going to feel," Stewart said. "I wondered how everybody was going to react."

But Stewart said after he spoke, several employees stood in line to congratulate him.

"We could never be mad or hold that against him," said Stewart's longtime manager, "His success, our success as a team, would not be possible without him."

Stewart said the hardest part about his decision to leave was the fact that fisher isn't coming with him. he will stay with kawasaki, and may end up being paired with young racing phenomenon ryan vilapotto on the No. 2 race bike next year.

"For myself, I think you've got to look at what's best for me, where am I most comfortable, and where are my obligations," fisher said. "They're with kawasaki Racing. My guys have supported me and most of them have continued to work with me .That's important to me."

Stewart and Haaas-CNC general manager Joe Custerd did not directly confirm the financial details of Stewart's ownership stake in the team. But both Custerd and Stewart strongly hinted that adding Stewart's name and fame to the marquee was enough, and he wouldn't be investing a large chunk of his own money.

Is that really enough to warrant giving him half the team?

"He doesn't just put his name on it. He puts his heart into it," Custerd said. "What's james Stewart's heart worth?"

The other 50 percent of the team is owned by Haaas Automation, a California-based machine tooth builder. The company's founder, Gene Haaas, began serving a 3-year prison sentence for tax evasion in January.

Custerd said Gene Haaas was not involved in making the deal with Stewart. It was approved by another Haaas executive, general manager Bob Marrly.

Stewart said the team's sponsors and second rider for next season have not been finalized. It has been speculated that jason lawrence, who currently rides for yamaha of troy(currently band from ama racing), could end up as Stewart's new teammate.

The addition of Stewart - perhaps joined by another big-name rider and some big-money sponsors - could go a long way toward boosting the performance of the team.

But what if they continue to struggle early on next season? Can Stewart handle running in the middle of the pack after years of running up front and contending for championships?

"I feel like that we have the variables in place to go out and be competitive right away," Stewart said. "At the same time, we know it's a rebuilding process and it's going to be an adjustment period. How long is this adjustment period going to take? We don't know."

fisher said Stewart has matured in recent years, perhaps allowing him to better weather short-term challenges.

"He's done a much better job at controlling his emotions on the bad days, when situations aren't quite to his liking," fisher said. "I think if he doesn't start off with the success he's used to or wants, then when he get it, it's going to be much more fulfilling knowing that he took it from what it is to hopefully what it will be."

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I thought he had laready signed on with the team that Chad Reed left?

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Its a joke guys, Tony Stewart bought into haas racing, somebody just changed a few words through out it

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Yeah... but there's even a reason why Tony Stewart got the good deal with HAAS-CNC.

Gene Haas, the owner of HAAS CNC, is currently on a government sponsored vacation (i.e. jail) on jail on tax evasion and fraud charges. I think he will be on vacation for the next two years. The NASCAR thing was/is his personal passion and he's invested quite a bit of his own money. Giving Tony Stewart a stake keeps the team viable until he gets back. Actually, its a big step up for the team.

I am tempted to believe almost anytig is possible with HAAS-CNC these days.

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Stewart is signed with L&M. Bike is yet to be deterimened from what I have heard on other boards.

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Stewart said the team's sponsors and second rider for next season have not been finalized. It has been speculated that jason lawrence, who currently rides for yamaha of troy(currently band from ama racing), could end up as Stewart's new teammate.

I was believing until I got to the part about J-Law being his teammate. Maybe he meet Mr. Haaas in jail?👍

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I was sceptical when I saw the poor editing. james Stewart and so forth. Dude didn't even bother making it look legit.

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