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In a sport filled primarily with men, Joyce Newton stood out within the auto racing community, especially to NASCAR star Tony Stewart.

And that’s what makes her passing that much more painful.

“Joyce Newton and her husband Bob were huge supporters of grassroots racing and together made for one heckava team,” Tony tweeted out on Jan. 16 after hearing the news that the co-founder of Hoosier Racing Tire had passed away earlier in the day at the age of 85. “I take solace in knowing they are back together again,” the tweet read. Bob passed away in 2012.

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Indeed, if you believe in God and in heaven, you certainly believe that all of us will someday meet the loved ones we have lost. And if you believe in this, you know that undoubtedly waiting for Joyce was her husband Bob Newton, with whom she co-founded Hoosier Racing Tire back in 1957. The Indiana-base company would go on to become the largest producer of race tires in the world.

“Joyce was an incredibly strong and resilient woman, running Hoosier Racing Tire after Bob’s passing in 2012 and looking after racers on dirt and asphalt tracks across the U.S.,” Tony went on to say. “She genuinely cared about the people who raced in Hoosier Tires.”

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“They were very personal people, very much people that cared about family and friends and relationships, and that’s probably one of the biggest things I’ve learned from them is that you have to be friends and you have to enjoy what you’re doing to make life so its not work,” added Hoosier Racing Tire vice president of sales and marketing Dennis Sherman in an interview with TV station WNDU after Joyce’s passing. “Joyce was one of the smallest people in stature. She wasn’t real tall, wasn’t real large but she carried a big stick as the expression would go. She had a very firm resolve. She knew the difference between right and wrong and always encouraged people to do what was right and to do what was best.”

Indeed, Tony and Joyce had a very special relationship, perfectly captured in this video below.

“Joyce Newton shared a special bond with many including three-time @NASCAR champion @TonyStewart,” one Twitter user shared on Jan. 16. “Here’s a hilarious moment from 2012 where she gives Tony a big kiss and declares, ‘Eat your heart out, girls.'”

“She was a fantastic person filled with compassion and kindness who will be genuinely missed but not forgotten,” Tony concluded his tweet about Joyce, who eventually ended up selling Hoosier Racing Tire to Continental Tire in 2016.

According to WNDU, services for Joyce will take place on Jan. 19 and 20 in her beloved state of Indiana, serving as the perfect opportunity for loved ones to gather to remember one very special lady.

Rare Country sends our condolences to the family and friends of Joyce — and to Tony, as it seems Joyce will always live within the racer’s heart.

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Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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