INDIANAPOLIS - With the 2017 season set to open for Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) in Florida Thursday, the team is focused on continuing to set the standard in short track racing with two of the most accomplished drivers in all of motorsports. Behind the wheels of the TSR Sprint cars are eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, 1997 IndyCar champion and 1995 USAC triple crown winner Tony Stewart.
Recent announcements of partnerships for TSR with Arctic Cat, a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles (side-by-sides or ROVs), and Rush Enterprises, operator of the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, serving as primary sponsor roles on the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J and TSR No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat/Curb/Ford Performance J&J, are followed by today’s announcement by the team of continued support from Curb/Agajanian’s Mike Curb and partner Cary Agajanian in co-entrant role and the addition of Ford Performance as a partner on both TSR cars.
“The strength of any team is the sum of its parts and we are so fortunate at TSR to be surrounded by so many incredible people and partners,” said Stewart. “It takes a total team effort to have success, and to sustain that success, a vision of the future must continue to evolve from within. Mike Curb and Cary Agajanian have been part of our commitment to championships the past five seasons helping us to continue raising the bar in this sport. And I’m extremely excited that Ford Performance is teaming up with our organization with an eye the future.”
Curb’s long tradition of motorsports involvement dates back to the early 1980s. TSR became part of their history in 2010 when Curb/Agajanian became a co-entrant on TSR’s United States Auto Club (USAC) entries. While earning USAC championships in both the Silvercrown and Sprint car series with Levi Jones, Bobby East and Bryan Clauson, Schatz carried the Curb brand to a 2012 WoO championship and a victory in the 2013 Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals before Curb/Agajanian elevated to co-entrant on the TSR No. 15 in 2014. TSR/Curb-Agajanian won the 2014 and 2015 Knoxville Nationals and the last three WoO championships heading into 2017.
“Curb Records and Curb-Agajanian Motorsports are extremely excited about expanding our relationship with Tony Stewart with Tony driving alongside teammate Donny Schatz,” said Mike Curb. “Tony has won in everything he has ever participated in and now we will have two of the greatest Sprint Car drivers of all time on the same team.”
Ford Performance returns to Sprint car racing with an affiliation with TSR and will work to develop a 410 cubic inch engine package the teams ultimately will compete with. In the interim, both Schatz and Stewart will continue competing with their current motor programs.
“We are happy to be partnering with Tony Stewart Racing in this racing effort,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Performance. “Tony and his team have been leaders in many of the grassroots racing efforts in this country, and we are happy to assist them in this program going forward. Although our Ford engine will not be ready at the start of this season, we are committed to getting a competitive engine package available to this program as soon as possible.”
Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, Stewart and TSR throughout the 2017 season on the Web and social media. More information can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.com, www.tonystewart.com and www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.
- Tom Jensen
NASCAR Editor at FOXSports.com & RACER Magazine