Parramatta City Raceway, Granville, New South Wales, Australia - December 27, 2003, ~ Donny Schatz piloted his familiar #15 ParkerStores Shaver J & J to the victory in the $50,000 to Win SprintCar International at Parramatta City Raceway. Schatz and preliminary night winner Joey Saldana waged a race-long battle. The two World of Outlaw competitors raced side-by-side for the majority of the race before Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, pulled ahead to take the checkered flag for his third win of the prestigious event in its four year existence.
"This is a great way to kick off our month of competition in Australia," said Schatz. "We decided to solely attack Parramatta City Raceway in the lead-in to the World of Outlaws show here and winning this race is the perfect start. After having the tire go down last night, this is a great rebound for our ParkerStores team.
"With the way Joey was pressuring me there that was as tough and fierce a race that I have run anywhere and I was glad to come out on top. The car was setup almost perfect for the feature. I could roll the top wing back and load up the rear to keep getting the rear bite I needed and it paid off for us tonight.
"This is such a great place to race," Schatz concluded. "The grandstands were packed and the fans were pretty excited by the level of competition. When the crowd is excited, that energy transfers to the drivers and makes the event that much better. When the World of Outlaws get here in January, it will be a barn burner."
Following Schatz and Saldana across the line was fellow American and WoO regular Daryn PIttman. Schatz and Saldana won the dashes that placed the pair on the front row for the main event.
In Friday's preliminary competition, the two Americans were setting up for a battle to the checkered flag when Schatz ran over debris on the track cutting a tire relegating him to a 19th place finish.
"We had a strong car opening night," Schatz said. "But when we cut the tire down, there was no chance to get back up front to battle with Joey. We had a pretty good race going before we ran over the debris. The track was just about as perfect as your can get a racetrack."
Schatz and the ParkerStores team will run three more events at Parramatta City Raceway prior to the January 8, 9 and 10, 2004 inaugural World of Outlaw event.
To follow Schatz Australian schedule, fans can tune into live webcasts to on www.sprintcarworld.com.au. The WoO event will be broadcast live on Sprint Car Network (SCN). Tune into your local station for up-to-the minute action. Log on to www.donnyschatz.com for the latest results from Schatz and the ParkerStores Team.