Schatz to make 2004 championship bid

FARGO, ND ~ AUGUST 20, 2003 ~ Donny Schatz has a goal for the 2004 World of Outlaws season-to add series champion to his already impressive racing resume. In order to accomplish his goal, the Fargo, North Dakota driver will concentrate...

FARGO, ND ~ AUGUST 20, 2003 ~ Donny Schatz has a goal for the 2004 World of Outlaws season-to add series champion to his already impressive racing resume. In order to accomplish his goal, the Fargo, North Dakota driver will concentrate exclusively on his #15 ParkerStores Shaver J&J team beginning with the remainder of the 2003 season.

Winning the driving championship in the World of Outlaws is important to the driver of the #15 ParkerStores Shaver J & J.

"I have been a full-time competitor on the World of Outlaws tour since 1997," said Schatz. "Every season we have been a top competitor and won some big races but we were still in the building stages of our program and have never been close enough in points to be a contender for the championship. This season there has been a huge leap in the maturity of our team and the time is right to give our loyal sponsors an honest run at the Championship trophy"

As a result of the goals set by the Schatz Motorsports Team, Schatz's plans do not include running any other series. His intention is to keep complete focus on the World of Outlaws, building momentum through the end of this season. Plans for his usual trek to Australia during the United States off-season are still being worked through and will be announced once his schedule is finalized.

"The Schatz family and I are in agreement," said Roger Johnson, Owner of R.E. Technologies Racing and the USAC Silver Crown Schatz has driven in 2003. "I do understand that he is running too well with the Outlaws to miss races during the rest of the season. Of course we are disappointed that we will not be able to test with him in the new J & J dirt car at Tulsa, as it is obvious that Donny's skills on dirt are substantial. We will pulling for him as he continues his assault on the World of Outlaw circuit."

"I want to thank Roger Johnson, Chris Santucci and the entire staff of R.E. Technologies Racing, " stated Schatz. "They gave me the opportunity of a lifetime in the USAC Silver Crown program this year and have been very supportive of me in the Outlaws as well. I think my experience on the asphalt has made me more competitive on the dirt tracks and I have learned a great deal from this opportunity. Roger is a great supporter at the Knoxville Nationals with the Kele World Challenge as well as a number of other races, which will provide opportunities for our paths to cross as we go forward with our plans. I wish Roger, Chris and Tyler (Walker) the best of luck the remainder of the Silver Crown season. They are creeping closer to a win and I will be happy for the entire team when they get to victory lane."

"Tyler Swank has done an amazing job as my crew chief," Schatz concluded. "Every race he continues to improve our performance and these efforts have shown the results. We have a consistency we haven't had in prior seasons. This series is so competitive, you have to be a contender for the win every night, so the off nights when you have mechanical failures and tire problems are not so devastating in the points chase. Chad Lambert was a rookie at the beginning of the season but he has stepped up to the plate and is now one of the best tire men on the circuit. Now Dave Yingst has jumped on board to complete the crew and in my opinion, these three men are the best and give me complete confidence in my cars and our entire program. With our complete focus on the 100-plus nights of racing in the World of Outlaws, we legitimately have a good chance to sit at the head table at the Championship awards banquet."

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz