'Dude' Joins Stewart for 2001 Season

'Dude' Joins Stewart for 2001 Season LAS VEGAS, NV (November 10 Tony Stewart, president of Tony Stewart Motorsports (TSM), announced today he will field a full-time sprint car team in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series beginning in 2001...

'Dude' Joins Stewart for 2001 Season

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 10 Tony Stewart,
president of Tony Stewart Motorsports (TSM), announced today he will field a full-time sprint car team in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series beginning in 2001 with proven winner Danny Lasoski.

Lasoski, who lives in Dover, MO, will drive the #20 car and manage the team. Stewart further announced Indiana-based JD Byrider has teamed with TSM as sponsor of the team, with Hamm America joining the effort as a major associate supporter.

"This is one of the most exciting projects I have undertaken in racing," said Stewart, 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. "In my opinion, Danny Lasoski is a great sprint car driver with the talent and experience necessary to lead us to the World of Outlaws championship. We share a passion for sprint car racing and for winning. More importantly we have a friendship and trust that will serve as a strong foundation on which to build this team. It is the perfect situation for me as a team owner."

"I have enjoyed a great relationship with JD Byrider for several years," Stewart said. "I am honored they have climbed on board to support this team. With Hamm America joining us as a partner we will be able to provide Danny and the crew with the tools necessary to accomplish our goals of winning races and championships."

Lasoski, known as "The Dude" is a seasoned veteran of the sprint car ranks. Since joining the World of Outlaws full-time, he has posted an impressive record of feature victories -- including the famed Knoxville Nationals in 1998 -- and he has never finished out of the top five in the point standings. His racing resume includes the record for number of feature victories and season championships at Knoxville Raceway.

"This team is the opportunity of a lifetime for me," Lasoski said. "When Tony and I met several years ago, little did either of us know our paths would lead us to building a team together. I have always been blessed throughout my racing career to have the support of great people and have enjoyed great success as a result, but Tony is giving me the ability to go to the head of the class. Together we have put together a winning combination with Jimmy Carr as the crew chief. I am honored that JD Byrider and Hamm America have seen the potential we offer and have chosen to be our partners."

JD Byrider is a national leader in the used car sales and specialized financing industry. The company has become the largest used car franchise in North America with 115 stores in 35 states specializing in matching people with tarnished credit with the cars and the financing they need.

"We're definitely pleased and proud to take our relationship with Tony Stewart to a higher level," said Jim England, vice president of marketing and advertising for JD Byrider. "His talent and accomplishments have given him a very credible position with a segment of our customer base. With the addition of Danny Lasoski and the World of Outlaws, we look forward to reaching even more of our market on a very local level."

Hamm American is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wirtgen America, a division of the Wirtgen Group and the leading manufacturer of soil and asphalt compaction equipment. Wirtgen Group is the world leader in mobile road construction equipment. Wirtgen America has enjoyed successful partnerships in the World of Outlaws for several years, most recently with Jimmy Vasser-Guy Forbrook Motorsports. Wirtgen America will remain with the Vasser-Forbrook team for the 2001 season.

"Our recent acquisition of Hamm AG coincided perfectly with Tony Stewart's desire to start his own World of Outlaws sprint car team with his close friend Danny Lasoski as the driver," said Stuart Murray, C.O.O. of Nashville, TN, based Wirtgen America, Inc. "The Wirtgen relationships in the World of Outlaws have had fantastic impact on our core milling machine business over a seven-year period. We believe our relationship with Tony Stewart Motorsports is a natural fit to achieve our objective for more exposure and recognition of the Hamm Compaction Division in North America."

Additional associate sponsorship for TSM will come from long-time Lasoski supporters, Massey, Inc., Jacksonville, IL, and American Compressed Steel, Sedalia, MO.

The team will be housed in a state-of-the art facility in Higginsville, Mo. "Every decision regarding the building of this team has been made jointly by Danny and me," Stewart added. "It is critical to our success that he has absolute confidence in his crew and equipment when we hit the circuit next season. I am committed to a long-term future for this organization and am confident all our partners have that same winning attitude. It is a win-win for everyone." WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski