FARGO, North Dakota (Dec. 18, 2015) – The 2015 calendar has been filled with a number incredible performances for seven-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. The driver of the Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance No. 15 J&J opened 2015 with a victory on New Year’s Day at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and will be looking to close 2015 and begin 2016 with victories at the same Australian dirt oval.
“My 2015 season was huge and it started with me winning all six races in Brisbane last year and then to have the best season in my career was pretty amazing,” said Schatz, who won 31 WoO wins en route to his second consecutive WoO title. “I’m really looking forward to having a great time at Audsek Archerfield Speedway. I get excited every year to see my friends John and Kathy Kelly and everyone at Archerfield Speedway. This year’s trip is going to be a little different for me. My longtime friend Lannie Nichols is going to come along for the first time and work on my car. I get to show him around Australia. He is super excited and that makes me even happier. We’re looking forward to a great trip.
Schatz returns to Australia’s Gold Coast next week and begins his seven-race assault on Australian soil on Boxing Day, December 26. His tour includes a pair of doubleheaders of action in competition being dubbed as the Supercheap Auto USA Series with International Sprint cars. With races on Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, December 27 and then again Friday, January 1 and Saturday, January 2. The final week includes a Wednesday night program on January 6 and concludes with the World Series Sprintcars Australian Open Friday and Saturday. The Fargo, North Dakota resident will be behind the wheel of a familiar car in all seven events racing a car that he drove earlier in the year with the World of Outlaws.
“We sent one of the cars that helped us win the 2015 World of Outlaws championship over to Australia,” continued Schatz. “We’re excited to have the Bad Boy Buggies and Chevrolet Performance brands on our car for seven nights of racing and we’re excited the Australian fans get an unclose look at our championship winning car. Hopefully, it performs just as well over there as it did on track in the United States.”
Schatz swept all six races last year at Archerfield and his statistics from 2015 includes not only his 31 WoO wins, but also four in Queensland and he finished either first or second in 47 of his 75 WoO starts. And for the second consecutive season, he finished every lap of every races. Now, the focus turns to and continuing his winning ways on the quarter-mile.
“We’re looking forward to continuing our winning streak and having a chance at winning another Australian Open, but there are a lot of good cars that we are going to be competing with,” I know Andrew Scheurle has been on his game there already this season. We’re looking forward to competing with all the drivers over at Archerfield and we’re hoping we can win some races. We’ll try our best… that’s all we can do.”
DONNY SCHATZ – 2015 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Dec. 26 Sprintcars – Supercheap Auto USA Series
Dec. 27 Sprintcars – Supercheap Auto USA Series
Jan. 1 Sprintcars – Supercheap Auto USA Series
Jan. 4 Sprintcars – Construction Solutions Piston Cup
Jan. 9 ENZED World Series Sprintcars (Australian Open Night 1)
Jan. 10 ENZED World Series Sprintcars (Australia Open Finale)