BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND – (Jan. 1) Donny Schatz kicked off 2013 in winning fashion racing the Monte Motorsport No. 17 Miracle 17 Miracle Recreation Equipment/KRE Race Engines backed J&J to victory Tuesday night at Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.

He raced from fifth to first in heat three and seventh to fourth in heat five before winning the dash. By winning the dash, he was able to take the Kratzman Caravan Challenge, which inverted the first seven rows for the feature. The reigning World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars champion then drove from 14th to first in the 40-lap main event.

Schatz will look to continue his winning ways on Friday night when the World Series Sprintcars Australian Open kicks off. Schatz won last year’s event and is a three-time winner of the race.