NASCAR racer Tony Stewart notoriously claimed he’d never get married, but has now waved the green flag on wedding preparations! Stewart got engaged on Thanksgiving Day and now, fans want to know all the details about his lady! Read all about Tony Stewart’s fiancée in our Pennelope Jimenez wiki.
Tony Stewart has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. His stalker was arrested and his girlfriend became his fiancée! He once proclaimed he’d remain an eternal bachelor. But Pennelope Jimenez changed that. So, keep reading to find out about Tony Stewart’s girlfriend-turned-fiancée.
#1. She’s Nomadic and Exotic
Born in San Diego on July 26, 1978, Pennelope Jimenez’s age is 39. She is of Mexican descent and has spent the better part of her childhood in different places. Her family is primarily from Ensenada, Mexico.
“I lived there for a few years and then moved to Mexico City just before the big earthquake. I lived in Garden Grove, California, for three years and then went to junior high and high school in Corona before settling in Huntington Beach,” said Jimenez.
Not only has Jimenez lived in different locations, but she also has an exquisitely mixed heritage, which confuses even her.
“My father’s family is Spanish, but they moved to Baja to create a new family. My mom’s mom is French, and we think her father is a true Mexican. My dad thinks he has a little Filipino in him, but he’s not his dad, so what does my father know? It confuses the hell out of me.”
This is what it looks like when Pennelope orders more than she can eat. pic.twitter.com/GbiWolrWIC
— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) June 15, 2017
#2. She’s a Playboy Model
After graduating from high school in Corona, California, Jimenez settled in Huntington Beach. There, she got a jump start in her modeling career by appearing in the controversial “Cheerleader” TV commercials for XFL football league.
Playboy models Karen McDougal and Rachel Sterling were the stars of the commercial. McDougal encouraged Jimenez to try out for the magazine, and it was the best advice she got.
Not only did Jimenez become a Playboy model, but she was also named ‘Playmate of the Month’ in March 2003. She appeared in a series of Playboy videos, she was featured in a calendar, and even teamed up with Deanna Brooks and Serria Tawan to publish a book, The Bunny Book: How to Walk, Talk, Tease and Please Like a Playboy Bunny in 2007.
#3. She Had an Acting Career
During her modeling days, Jimenez appeared in an episode of The Bold and The Beautiful and modeled for Drew Carey’s game show, The Price is Right. She played a character for a UFC XBox game, modeled for Jose Cuervo, and did a commercial for a James Bond video game where a laser blasted off her skirt.
“For some reason they always want me to take off my clothes,” Jimenez quipped.
And, it wasn’t far from the truth. Jimenez did several skits on Spy TV and one, in particular, had her stripping one too many times.
“In one scene, I was on a boat taking off my clothes and asking married couples to take my picture. The wives got mad of course, but it was all supposed to be funny. I really love comedy,” said Jimenez.
— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) December 3, 2016
Jimenez graduated with a degree in sports medicine and hoped to be a physical therapist someday. But her stint in Spy TV made her realize her ambition to work in movies and said, “I wouldn’t mind being a big movie star. Then I could buy a house by the water. I just don’t know where I want to live yet.”
With her former manager’s encouragement, Jimenez tried out for The Scorpion King, which launched Dwayne Johnson’s acting career. She got the opportunity to get up close and personal with The Rock as a harem girl who promises to make all his dreams come true. But, her nerves got the better of her while filming.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t get to follow through on that. It was my first movie, and I thought I was going to throw up on the set. When I get nervous, I yawn a lot because it keeps me from freaking out. So the director talked to me and asked, ‘Am I boring you?’ I had to run to the bathroom and give myself a pep talk. I said, ‘What am I doing? I have four lines in this movie and I’m freaking out!’”
#4. Her Great-Grandmother Was a Rebel
Jimenez is a family-oriented person and talks to her mother several times a day. She has said she’d drop everything to help her family. But we think her relatives can handle things mighty fine.
Her mother had interesting stories to share about her own grandmother, who Jimenez wishes she could have met.
Jimenez recounted one such story and said, “My great-grandmother’s husband had a mistress and one time he bought her some shoes. Instead of bitching him out when she found them, my great-grandmother said, ‘Thanks for the shoes,’ and wore them around even though they were two sizes too small. She just wanted to keep reminding him that she knew what he did.”
#5 What She Looked for in her Man
In a Playboy interview, Jimenez listed the specifics of what she wanted in her dream man. It’s your every day “tall, fit, caring, and likes to cuddle” type. But she also wants someone who wears sweats at home, orders a pizza with ranch dressing, and watches a movie on a Friday night.
Tony Stewart no longer sits behind the wheel, but instead, leads a racing team as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. Recently, he took up cycling and has visibly shed a few pounds. These aren’t the only changes in Stewart’s life.
He once appeared on The Dan Patrick Show where the host asked him if he was ever going to get married.
Stewart gave out a clear answer by saying, “No! Who told you that? I’ve made it 46 years!”
But in 2016, Stewart met Jimenez, and on Thanksgiving 2017, they got engaged! He announced the engagement sharing a picture of the massive rock he proposed with on his Instagram.
Tony Stewart has taken up cycling and gotten engaged. pic.twitter.com/BdIWRRMaNp
— Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) November 24, 2017