Paul McMahan to Drive for Tony Stewart Motorsports in National SprintCar League Crew Chief Jimmy Carr to Lead Championship Effort with Continued Support from Bass Pro Shops and Mopar INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 13, 2005) - Tony Stewart Motorsports...
Paul McMahan to Drive for Tony Stewart Motorsports in National SprintCar League
Crew Chief Jimmy Carr to Lead Championship Effort with Continued Support from Bass Pro Shops and Mopar
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 13, 2005) - Tony Stewart Motorsports has named Paul McMahan as its driver for the #20 Bass Pro Shops entry in the National SprintCar League (NSL). The 34-year-old from Elk Grove, Calif., who now calls Nashville, Tenn., home, will join crew chief Jimmy Carr and crew members Todd Splain and Michael Kuemper as the #20 NSL team moves to Indianapolis where the United States Auto Club (USAC) teams of Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises are also based.
"I'm very excited to join Tony Stewart Motorsports and work with Jimmy Carr, Todd and Mikey," said McMahan, who has 11 wins, 100 top-fives, 226 top-10s and numerous fast times in five years on the World of Outlaws circuit. "It's an honor to be representing Bass Pro Shops and Mopar.
"Racing for a living is a dream by itself, but getting to drive for a team of this caliber is unbelievable. This is a chance of a lifetime and I plan to make the most of it.
"I just want to thank Dave Helm for the last three seasons his Selma Shell team has given me," added McMahan. "They provided me with an opportunity to make a name for myself in winged sprint cars and they supported my decision to move to Tony Stewart Motorsports. They're great people."
McMahan began racing at age five in quarter-midgets. Success came quickly, as he won the 1981 Grand National Quarter Midget championship. By 16 McMahan had moved on to winged sprint cars, where he scored his first main event win in just his fourth start. More accolades followed, including a banner year in 1995, when McMahan won the Calistoga (Calif.) track championship and the California Speedweek championship to earn the Motorpress Driver of the Year award.
By 1999 McMahan was behind the wheel of winged sprint cars in the All-Star Circuit of Champions. He won the Rookie of the Year award in that series, which prompted him to move up to the World of Outlaws Gumout Series in 2000. McMahan finished second in points at the end of his inaugural season, and as the Gumout Series was stepping-stone division to the World of Outlaws, it was only natural that McMahan's ascent up the racing ladder continued.
By 2001 McMahan was a full-time World of Outlaws driver, winning his first Outlaw race at Sedalia (Mo.) Speedway. In 2002 he won the Hoosier Fall Classic at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway while also earning the Short Track Nationals championship at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.
In 2003 the Selma Shell World of Outlaws team picked up McMahan, where McMahan delivered with three wins, 23 top-fives, 53 top-10s and seven fast times en route to a seventh-place position in the season-ending point standings. The 2004 season was marked by injury after a crash in the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, but McMahan came back to finish 12th in points on the heels of one win, 10 top-fives, 54 top-10s and seven fast times. The recently completed 2005 campaign brought continued up-front consistency with one win, 18 top-fives, 41 top-10s and four fast times.
"We're very pleased to have Paul McMahan as our driver," said Tony Stewart, who in five years as an owner in the World of Outlaws won a championship in 2001 and finished runner-up three times (2002, 2003 and 2004). "He's a proven winner and that's what our race team is about - winning. Crew chief Jimmy Carr and the rest of the guys think a lot of Paul, and we're confident that our inaugural season in the National SprintCar League will be a successful one."
The #20 team will continue to campaign an Eagle chassis powered by Paul Kistler-built Mopar engines with Hoosier tires on Weld wheels putting that power to the ground. Associate sponsors J.D. Byrider, Coca-Cola and Old Spice will also maintain their involvement with the team.