TONY STEWART RACING ANNOUNCES SECOND WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES TEAM Donny Schatz Set to Join Tony Stewart Racing Lineup in 2008 KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2007) -- Two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart announced tonight...
TONY STEWART RACING ANNOUNCES SECOND WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES TEAM
Donny Schatz Set to Join Tony Stewart Racing Lineup in 2008
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2007) -- Two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart announced tonight that World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series star and defending champion Donny Schatz will join Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) beginning with the 2008 season. Schatz will drive a second WoO Sprint Series car that will compete alongside the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevrolet machine currently driven by Paul McMahan.
"I'm excited about joining forces with a proven winner," said Schatz, a proven winner himself having won over 80 WoO races, including 13 this year. "Tony Stewart has been a winner in everything he does, and his race team is no different. His organization has always been, and will continue to be, top-notch."
Upon the conclusion of the 2007 racing season, Donny Schatz Motorsports (DSM) will merge with TSR.
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Donny Schatz into our organization," said Stewart, TSR team owner. "To have the opportunity to work with a driver of his caliber is a great opportunity for all of us. His skill behind the wheel will continue to help TSR grow into a stronger race team.
"Just as Levi Jones, Tracy Hines and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., have made our USAC program better, and just as Paul McMahan has provided stability to our World of Outlaws team, Donny will only add to our open-wheel presence."
Schatz will continue to pilot his familiar No. 15. The Chevrolet-powered winged sprint car will be overseen by crew chief Ricky Warner, who joined TSR in June. Sponsorship for the No. 15 team will be announced in the near future.
"Ricky and I have a tremendous relationship," said Schatz, who teamed with Warner to win last year's title. "The chemistry we have is what makes it work. We motivate each other to keep getting better and better. Together we feel like we're capable of doing just about anything. Ricky and I did a lot of special things last year, and we're looking forward to the future with this new team."
Schatz and his DSM team will continue to pursue the 2007 WoO Sprint Series championship. All media requests and inquiries regarding Schatz need to be directed to DSM team public relations representative Bill Klingbeil, who can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its formation in November 2000, TSR has earned seven owner championships. Danny Lasoski earned TSR's first championship in its inaugural season competing in the WoO Sprint Series, taking the 2001 title. J.J. Yeley, Stewart's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, earned a USAC Sprint car championship for TSR in 2003. And in a co-owner role with Bob East, TSR won four straight USAC Silver Crown championships from 2002 to 2005 with a handful of drivers that included Yeley, Kasey Kahne and Dave Steele. In 2006, TSR earned the USAC Sprint car title with driver Josh Wise. Additionally, TSR has three Knoxville Nationals championships in the WoO Sprint Series, as Lasoski captured wins in the famed winged sprint car event in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
For more information regarding TSR, McMahan or Bass Pro Shops, visit www.tonystewartracing.com, www.paulmcmahanracing.com or www.basspro.com. For more information regarding DSM or Schatz, visit www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.