Friday, February 15, 2013

World of Outlaws Driver Profile: Donny Schatz

                                        Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Racing         Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Racing

Donny Schatz - current World of Outlaws Series Champion
Birth Date: August 10, 1977
Residence: Fargo, North Dakota
Car Owner: Tony Stewart Racing
Car Number: 15
Marital Status: Married – (wife) Erica and (daughter) Savanna
Years Racing: 18
  • World of Outlaws Series Champion five times.
  • Winner of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals six times.
  • Was the 1997 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year.
  • Began his career racing Go Karts at age 11.
  • Second generation driver who followed his father Danny into racing Sprint cars at 15.
  • He has a 124 World of Outlaw feature wins.
Donny Schatz is easily one of the most prolific drivers in the World of Outlaw series in the modern era of racing. His uncanny ability to start at the rear and work his way to the front consistently is a trait that many envy and few can duplicate. Schatz has won six Knoxville National Titles in the last seven attempts and has claimed virtually every big race on the Outlaws tour.

Prolific on both small and long tracks, Schatz claimed his fifth series title in 2012. Although the 2012 season started as a bumpy ride it was Schatz’s unmatched consistency down the stretch, eight wins, 20 podiums and 24 top fives in a 27-race span through October, that earned him his fifth World of Outlaws championship and first since claiming four straight from 2006-09, a landmark that made him one of only two drivers to win four consecutive titles.

Donny began his sixth season with Tony Stewart Racing in 2013 by sweeping the Winter Challenge at Bubba Raceway Park with rare appearances in the American Sprint car Circuit of Champions series by winning on back to back nights in his STP Chevy Performance powered No. 15 and is looking to defend his 2012 Championship in 2013 by adding a 6th championship to his resume.

2012 Stats:
Points Wins Top 5s Top 10s Quick Times
9846     11      39         60         3

World of Outlaws History: 1996 - 19th in points … 1997 - 12th in points - Rookie of the Year … 1998 - 12th in points - 1 win … 1999 - 7th in points - 3 wins … 2000 - 11th in points - 1 win … 2001 - 5th in points - 6 wins … 2002 - 7th in points - 2 wins … 2003 - 5th in points - 7 wins … 2004 - 3rd in points - 6 wins … 2005 - 4th in points - 8 wins … 2006 - Champion - 17 wins … 2007 - Champion - 19 wins … 2008 - Champion - 18 wins … 2009 - Champion - 12 wins … 2010 - 5 wins ... 2011 - 2nd in points - 8 wins ... 2012 - Champion - 11 wins.

Previous Racing History: 1993 - WISSOTA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year … 1994 - WISSOTA - 5th in National Points - 8 wins … 1996 - WISSOTA National Champion … Has won the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic in Australia twice (2001 & 2002) … Also is five-time winner of the $50K to win Sprintcar International at Parramatta City Raceway in Australia … Has won at least one race in Australia every year since 1999.

Interesting Facts: 2006, 2007 & 2008 - American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association All-America Auto Racing Team - First Team … 1997 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year … Has a pilot’s license and is an avid flyer … During the 2006 season took a flight with the Blue Angels … Enjoys outdoor sports of hunting and fishing along with skiing on both water and snow.

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