Car Owner – Tony Stewart
In August of 2007, Donny Schatz agreed to joined NASACAR Sprint Cup series champion Tony Stewart’s organization based in Brownsburg, Ind. Stewart, who climbed the ranks through the United States Auto Club en route to NASCAR, began his ownership role with the World of Outlaws in 2001. The Columbus, Ind., native has fielded a Winged Sprint Car on the national tour ever since. When Stewart talked Schatz into joining his organization, Tony Stewart Racing (TSR), it gave TSR a two-car team with the World of Outlaws. Stewart dabbled in some 360 Winged Sprint car races, but in 2008 began competing in selected 410 shows. After the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Stewart accompanied Schatz to Australia for six weeks of Sprint car “training”. In July 2011, “Smoke” proved he wasn’t just out there for fun when he defeated the World of Outlaws at Ohsweken (Ontario) Speedway. Stewart continues to look at ways to help his TSR organization. He has continued racing as many Winged Sprint car shows as possible and already in 2012 he has won an All-Star Circuit of Champions event, ASCS event and his second WoO A-Feature victory. Through his association with TSR, Schatz has enjoyed the friendship he has built with Stewart.
Crew Chief – Rick Warner
Ricky Warner, a native of Carlisle, Penn., is the crew chief for the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) No. 15. The 2011 season will be the sixth year Warner and Donny Schatz have worked together. Four WoO championships and four Knoxville Nationals highlight their accomplishments since first working together in August 2005. Warner was hired by TSR in June 2007 and was a big reason why Schatz agreed to become driver of the second TSR WoO entry. The combination has gone onto win two more WoO titles (2008 and 2009) and three more Knoxville Nationals (2008, 2009, and 2011).
Warner began in sprint car racing in the mid 1990′s with the late Kevin Gobrecht competing in the tough Central Pennsylvania circuit. He spent several years on the Outlaw Tour with Tyler Walker and later worked with Jac Haudenschild and Andy Hillenburg.
After spending three years working in NASCAR for Evernham Racing, Warner returned to the sprint car ranks in August of 2005 when he joined Donny Schatz Motorsports. The combination of Schatz and Warner proved to be stout as the duo won a number of races to close the 2005 season, the Knoxville Nationals in 2006 and the WoO championship in 2006.
Warner lives in Indianapolis, IN with his wife Danelle, their son Drew, and daughter Stevie.
Car Chief – Steve Swenson
Steve “Scuba” Swenson hails from Watertown, South Dakota and is car chief for the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) No. 15. Swenson, who joined TSR in 2007, is working with Schatz for the third consecutive season. Last year, he was part of the team that helped Schatz win his fifth Knoxville Nationals crown. The victory was easily the biggest in Swenson’s career.
Swenson, a native of Watertown, S.D., got hooked on racing early in life as he went late model racing with his uncle Chuck and then later was part of a racing crew that traveled in the Upper Midwest to places like Huset’s Speedway, Jackson Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway.
In 1999, he began his World of Outlaws career as a wrench for Andy Hillenburg’s No. 2. From 2000-2003, he worked with Sonny Kratzer on the Selma Shell No. 11 before spending a pair of season’s with Elite Racing. In 2007, he reunited with Paul McMahan at TSR as a crew member on the Bass Pro Shops No. 20.
Swenson’s brings a great sense of humor to the team. He does most of the truck driving and keeps things in order on the road.
Swenson, who lives in Brownsburg, IN, and his wife Rachel welcomed their first child into the world in February. Their daughter Molly brings a smile to everyone’s face.
Crewman – Eric Prutzman
Eric Prutzman returned to the STP team in August following a successful stint working with Jimmy Carr and Marty Williams on Tony Stewart’s TSR No. 14 for last year. He was part of the crew that helped Stewart win a pair of World of Outlaws races.
Prutzman hails from central Pennsylvania and was a member Schatz’s 2009 World of Outlaws championship team. In 2010, he worked on TSR’s USAC team and helped Levi Jones claim a USAC Sprint title.
Prutzman also has traveled to Australia and New Zealand with Schatz the past few seasons. He resides in Pittsboro, Ind., when he’s not on the road
Public Relations/Marketing – Bill Klingbeil
Bill Klingbeil has been working with Donny Schatz since January 2001 and has served as Public Relations Manager and regular “jack of all trades” guy for the past ten years. In 2012, Bill continues to promote Donny through an association with Tony Stewart Racing and as a Senior Account Supervisor with True Speed Communication.
Bill has been involved with sprint car racing since 1995 when he began writing a newsletter called “Outlaw Trail”. In 1998, Bill was hired to assist Amoco Corporation with their motorsports programs. He was the PR contact for the Amoco Knoxville Nationals and the Amoco World of Outlaws team.
Bill is 41, and an avid sports fan. He plays and coaches hockey while residing in Bloomington, IL, with his wife, Kim, and their children (Mack 13 and Kate 9).
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As parents of Donny, Danny and Diane Schatz have been involved with Donny’s racing career from day one. They put Donny on the road in 1997 to chase the WoO Rookie of the Year and have supported his racing career during the past two decades.
Danny is a former sprint car competitor and used his experience to assemble the winning combination of people and equipment that helped Donny win back-to-back WoO titles. He is a pilot with several years of airtime and spends a lot of time in the air getting to the races.
Diane spearheads the development and constant enhancement of the merchandising and sponsor-oriented marketing programs for Donny and you can find her at most races in the Schatz Merchandise trailer. She loves spending time with fans and in some cases you’ll see her with her granddaughters (Laela, Amelia, Bergan) or some day soon grandson’s (Oliver and Gray) having a blast.
Danny and Diane operate full service truckstops in Fargo and Minot, ND, and both are avid race fans that attend most events every season. For the past three seasons, they have been the promoters of Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo.
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Deanne Schatz-Eisenschenk, has been apart of Donny Schatz Motorsports since the beginning!! Always been a huge fan of her brother, there has always been something that she has done to contribute to the team! Her and Diane are busy all year long coming up with new apparel designs and new ideas for the upcoming race year. Deanne is a graduate from North Dakota State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She is employed by her family at the Petro in Fargo and heads up the Human Resource Department. Deanne enjoys all the aspects of racing, from the intensity of a great race to the social events that come along during the season.
She is also the proud mother of four children (Amelia, Laela, Bergan and Gray) and wife to Ben Eisenschenk.
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