BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing has announced its partner line-up and unveiled all-new looks for 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz and team owner and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.
The pair, both kicking off their respective campaigns with Arizona Speedway’s Wild Wing Shootout on Jan. 21-24, will embark on highly-competitive agendas during the new year, as Schatz will chase an 11th WoO championship and Stewart will battle head-to-head with the nation’s finest in “true outlaw” fashion.
Rush Truck Centers, the premier solutions provider to the commercial vehicle industry, will once again be a primary partner on Stewart’s familiar No. 14, also fueling Schatz’s title-proven No. 15.
Rush Truck Centers is the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, boasting more than 100 dealership locations in 22 states.
Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers with over 4,800 locations across North America, will also be a primary partner on Stewart’s winged sprint car.
Working together to surpass an impressive 2019 win total for Stewart of 10 victories across 410c.i. and 360c.i. competition, the Rush Truck Centers/Advance Auto Parts No. 14 team will spend time with multiple sanctioning bodies this year, including the All Star Circuit of Champions, American Sprint Car Series, United Sprint Car Series, IRA Outlaw Sprint Series, and the Midwest Open Wheel Ass’n.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing again in 2021 and to have the Rush Truck Centers brand on the winged sprint car entries of Tony Stewart and Donny Schatz,” said W.M. “Rusty” Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rush Enterprises, Inc. “Just like the drive our employees and customers possess, the TSR teams embody that same determination for success.
“We look forward to seeing Tony and Donny carry the Rush Truck Centers brand into victory lanes around the country in 2021.”
For a second consecutive season, Carquest, an American automotive parts distribution network owned and operated by Advance Auto Parts through independent retailers, will support Fargo, N.D., native Schatz as a primary partner.
“Teaming up with champions and fan favorites like Tony Stewart and Donny Schatz is a tremendous opportunity for our brands,” said Junior Word, Division President, Carquest North America. “We are proud to be part of the incredibly successful program that Tony has established while reaching our customers and sprint car fans across the nation.
“On behalf of our entire team, we look forward to cheering Tony Stewart Racing to many victories in 2021.”
In addition to Carquest, Ford Performance, the official engine provider for TSR, will also return as a primary partner on Schatz’ No. 15.
Owned and operated by the Ford Motor Company and headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., Ford Performance is responsible for the brand’s major racing operations globally as well as overseeing the development of Ford’s racing engines.
The 2021 season will see TSR continue its assistance in developing and perfecting Ford Performance’s 410c.i. engine, the FPS 410. In 2020, Ford Performance helped power Schatz to five WoO victories, ending the season third in the Series championship standings.
Of Schatz’s five victories, two awarded major paydays, including a $75,000 check during Schatz’ sixth National Open title at Williams Grove Speedway.
A win during Lernerville Speedway’s historic Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup scored Schatz $25,000; the seventh Silver Cup win of Schatz’ career.
Tony Stewart earned FPS 410’s first sprint car victory during IRA action at Plymouth Dirt Track in August of 2019.
The 2021 season will be Schatz’s 25th as a full-time WoO competitor and his No. 15 entry will also carry Ford’s Iconic Silver color to help commemorate the anniversary.
“We’re looking forward to taking what we learned about the FPS 410 engine last year and capitalize on the strong teamwork we developed to make 2021 even better,” said Christian Hertrich, Motorsports Powertrain Supervisor, Ford Performance. “Our goal is to introduce significant hardware updates that will ultimately provide Donny and Tony with a winning package, and the way we plan to do that is by optimizing the use of our Ford Performance analytical tools and testing facilities at both Ford Motor Company and Shaver Specialties throughout the season.”
Continuing an 11-year relationship with the Brownsburg, Ind. based motorsports operation, Curb-Agajanian Racing will again partner with TSR as a co-entrant for both Stewart and Schatz.
Partnering in 2010 for the first time, Curb-Agajanian Racing, Curb Records and TSR own a longstanding tradition of monumental success, acquiring not only victories but six Knoxville Nationals championships and six World of Outlaws championships.
On board for a fourth season at TSR is Sage Fruit, the sales and marketing firm for four grower/packer/shippers of Northwest Tree Fruits, as well as an entity that oversees the farming of several thousand acres of orchards throughout Washington and Oregon, will return in 2021 as a major partner for both Stewart and Schatz.
Working to expand its Shield Health Protection Product line as well as its body cameras for active law enforcement, Lenexa, Kansas’ Digital Ally will also return to TSR as a major partner for the 2021 season.
Specializing in the design and manufacturing of the highest quality video recording equipment and analytic software on the market, Digital Ally will celebrate two years as a TSR partner this year.
Absolute Automation & Security, empowering clients by integrating technology into their lives with customized automation and security systems that add efficiency, convenience, and peace of mind; and Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry with over 7,800 locations; will also return to TSR as essential partners for the new season.