Tony Stewart Racing Geared Up for East Bay Winternationals McMahan, Chevrolet Prepare for Season Debut INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 26, 2007) - For Tony Stewart Racing's Paul McMahan, the time between where the 2006 racing season ended and the 2007 ...
Tony Stewart Racing Geared Up for East Bay Winternationals
McMahan, Chevrolet Prepare for Season Debut
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 26, 2007) - For Tony Stewart Racing's Paul McMahan, the time between where the 2006 racing season ended and the 2007 season will begin has been something of a blur. In the two months since the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing/Bass Pro Shops team last competed in winged sprint car competition, McMahan has been passing the time behind the wheel of a sprinter in Australia. An 18-hour flight back to the United States on Monday will see McMahan rejoin the team in Tampa, Fla., where they'll compete in the 30th anniversary East Bay Raceway Park Winternationals.
"I am really looking forward to heading back to the United States to get our season underway," said McMahan. "Racing in Australia is a lot of fun. You get to meet a lot of great people, but all of the exciting things we've seen develop with our team is really turning up the anticipation for 2007. I'll be very glad to get to Florida and rejoin Jimmy (Carr, crew chief) and the team. It's also great to have Bass Pro Shops back as a sponsor for this year. They're a great fit with our team and the race fans that attend short track racing events. We're looking forward to growing our relationship even more this season."
Next week's season opener at East Bay Raceway Park will be the start of a new era, not only for McMahan and Tony Stewart Racing, but for winged sprint car racing as a whole. The event will mark the first outing to go in the history books with a Chevrolet-powered and sponsored entry in the field. McMahan will compete with a Chevrolet/Donavan/AllPro by Kistler powerplant under the hood of the No. 20 machine.
"It's a tremendous opportunity to be able to be a part of Chevrolet's new open-wheel racing effort," said McMahan. "Paul Kistler and the Chevrolet team have been working very hard to give us some great engines for this program. They've really jumped into this program with both feet. We believe that we're going to see good results early on and that we'll be contenders at every race this season."
McMahan and company will take to the 1/3-mile clay oval of East Bay Raceway Park on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1-3. The California native turned Nashville, Tenn., resident has had a strong start to the 2007 racing season, collecting several top-five finishes while in Australia. McMahan posted a sixth-place finish in the National Sprint Tour Series Championship in 2006, and also won a World of Outlaws Sprint Series event at USA Race Park in Tucson (Ariz.) last March. The No. 20 team did not compete in the 2006 East Bay Raceway Park Winternationals event due to relocating the race shop to its present location in Indianapolis.
McMahan is pleased to be returning to action next week at East Bay Raceway Park and beginning his second season with Tony Stewart Racing.
"I've been waiting for this event since October, the last day we raced together last season," McMahan said. "This day just couldn't get here fast enough. The opportunity I've had is just unbelievable. To be associated with Tony Stewart and a great race team like Tony Stewart Racing is huge. It's something you work your whole life for. This has definitely been the highest point of my career, and I'm looking forward to continuing to build our program."