Tony Stewart Racing returns for 2007

Tony Stewart Racing Returns to World of Outlaws with Paul McMahan Concord, NC--Dec. 11, 2006-- Tony Stewart Racing announced on Monday that the team is returning to compete full-time with the World of Outlaws in 2007 with Paul McMahan as the ...

Tony Stewart Racing Returns to World of Outlaws with Paul McMahan

Concord, NC--Dec. 11, 2006-- Tony Stewart Racing announced on Monday that the team is returning to compete full-time with the World of Outlaws in 2007 with Paul McMahan as the driver.

Stewart a two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion began fielding cars with the World of Outlaws in 2001, with Danny Lasoski behind the wheel. The team claimed the series title in their first season of competition. In six years, the team has amassed 40 World of Outlaws A-Feature wins, including a season high of 13 in 2003, in addition to three Knoxville Nationals titles with Lasoski at the wheel.

McMahan scored his first win with the team this season on March 4 at USA Race Park in Tucson, Arizona as part of the Cactus Classic for the World of Outlaws. McMahan and the team competed in a portion of the 2006 World of Outlaws season, picking up 14 Top-10 finishes and winding up 18th in championship points. McMahan also was sixth in points with the National Sprint Tour.

"This is an exciting day for us," said Stewart during a teleconference that accompanied the announcement. "We started our World of Outlaws program in 2001, basically to give back (to the sport). I've had a great time in the World of Outlaws series."

Stewart announced that the No. 20 World of Outlaws team will again be sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, along with associate sponsorship from Chevrolet, who will supply engines for all of Tony Stewart Racing.

"I am passionate about making sure I give these guys everything they need to go out and win races every week," said Stewart, who hails Columbus, Indiana. "That's my commitment to the program and Chevrolet also made a huge commitment to this program. I wish we could start racing right now. I see nothing but great things for this program."

McMahan, a California native, who now calls Nashville, Tennessee home, has five career World of Outlaws A-Feature wins, with his first coming at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri in 2001. His best-career finish in the championship standings came in 2003, when he won two A-Features and was seventh in points.

"Tony gave me the opportunity last year to come drive for him, and with the partnership with Chevrolet as well as going back to the World of Outlaws, this is just a perfect situation," said McMahan. "This is the perfect situation to get Tony Stewart Racing back into victory lane, and compete for a championship. I am just so excited. I wish we could go and race tomorrow."

McMahan will have Jimmy Carr back as his crew, with the team moving into a brand new 27,000 square foot shop in Brownsburg, Indiana at the first of the year. The state-of-the-art facility will house not only the World of Outlaws teams, but also both of Tony Stewart Racing's USAC teams.

"Since I was five years old, all I have wanted to do is race with the World of Outlaws," said McMahan, who finished second in World of Outlaws Gumout Series points in 2002. "I'm very happy where I'm at. If my feet never get out of the dirt, that won't bother me a bit."

Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, which is owned by Stewart, is to set host five World of Outlaws events in 2007, including the legendary Kings Royal, which has Stewart very excited.

"DIRT MotorSports has a great core group of people," stated Stewart. "I feel like these people are the right people to take DIRT MotorSports and the World of Outlaws, both the late models and the sprint cars to a level it hasn't seen yet."

The announcements on Monday came during a press conference in the Economaki Press Room at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens with the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, February 9-11.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Paul McMahan