AP source: Tony Stewart to retire after 2016 season

In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photograph, Tony Stewart stands in the garage area after a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen N.Y. Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York on Saturday night. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Tony Stewart will announce he’s retiring following the 2016 season at a news conference Wednesday, The Associated Press has learned.

Stewart-Haas Racing said Sunday night that Stewart and team co-owner Gene Haas will hold a news conference at the team shop this week. The topic was not disclosed, but a person familiar with Stewart‘s plans told AP the three-time NASCAR champion will announce his planned retirement.

The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because Stewart hasn’t publicly disclosed his plans.

Stewart did not return a request for comment from AP.

His planned departure, first reported Sunday by Motorsport.com, is not a surprise. Stewart will be 45 next season, has not won a race in over two years and has been privately working on finding a successor.

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