INDIANAPOLIS (April 13, 2011) – The early returns are in on the 2011 World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series and all indications point to another extremely competitive season unfolding throughout the 70-race schedule. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) teammates Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have established themselves as championship contenders through the first 11 races and now turn their focus to this weekend’s traditional Outlaws doubleheader at Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway and at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.

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Granger, IA—April 13, 2011—One of the challenges of competing with the World of Outlaws is getting into a rhythm early in the season, with the races being spread out, rainouts thrown in the mix and breaks in the schedule. For Kraig Kinser, he has experienced a little bit of all of these as he continues his first season driving the Casey’s General Store Maxim for the Parsons Motorsports team. Beginning this weekend with a trip back to the Midwest, the series will compete at least once a week for the next 26 consecutive weeks as the 2011 season kicks into high gear.

 

Read more: Looking to Get into a Rhythm: Kraig Kinser Heads Back to the Midwest for races at Paducah & Pevely

In 2004, Outkast had the #1 song on the Billboard Charts with Hey Ya! While the nation was getting down to that song, the first World of Outlaws team to be based out of California was being established. Elite Racing has been busy writing its history for the past seven years, just like a lyricist composes songs. Not only has the team established themselves as the first team from California to win the World of Outlaws title, it has grown to become one of the organizations on the World of Outlaws tour that other teams strive to be similar to. Now that the 2011 California swing has ended, it is time to look back at how Elite Racing became one of the most successful sprint car teams in the nation as we Journey Through the Past (Neil Young) with Elite Racing's own playlist.

  • California Dreamin (The Mommas and the Papas)- Prior to the founding of Elite Racing LLC in 2004, Guy Stockbridge started a race team under the Elite Racing banner which Meyers had raced with in a few events in California including the Trophy Cup.
  • Beginnings (Chicago) - On January 1, 2004, Jason Meyers and Guy Stockbridge officially put the business plan into work to form Elite Racing LLC. Their plan was to run the full 2004 World of Outlaws tour.
  • Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen) - In their first year together, the newly formed Elite Racing quickly picked up its first win in its third race at Perris Auto Speedway. The team would go on to collect three more victories and finish 5th in the point standings.
  • It Takes Two (Tina Turner ) - In its second year in existence in 2005, Elite Racing missed winning its first World of Outlaws title by one spot. During the season, Meyers would score four more wins for the team and finish second in the point standings.
  • Wind of Change (Fleetwood Mac) - In 2006, Elite Racing became a part of the National Sprint Tour. Meyers would win his only NST race at Attica Raceway Park and go on to finish 4th in the point standings.
  • Step by Step (New Kids on the Block) - In 2006, Chris Luck's company GLR Investments became a part of Elite Racing as an associate sponsor.
  • Boys are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy) - 2007 saw Elite Racing return to the World of Outlaws. The team would go on to finish 5th in points with five victories during the season.
  • Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)- At the end of 2007 after Chris Luck helped Elite Racing through some tight spots during the season, Stockbridge and Meyers went to him and offered Luck a 1/3 partnership in Elite Racing. Luck accepted and became the 3rd owner of Elite Racing.
  • Ten with a Two (Kenny Chesney) - During the 2008 season, Meyers and his Elite Racing team finished second in the point standings for the second time in their career and on their way they collected eight wins.
  • Come Together (The Beatles) - In 2008, Elite Racing started building and running the KPC chassis with Steve Kent.
  • Wide Open (Cadillac Blue) - At the end of 2008, Charlie Garret Engines became the exclusive developer of Engine Parts and Components for Elite Racing.
  • So Close (Hall and Oates) - The 2009 season was another close call in the points. Elite Racing trailed the winner by less than 100 points at the end of the year. Meyers won 9 races during the season.
  • Gold Digger (Kayne West) - On the way to the 2010 championship, Meyers won 12 races including notable events such as the Ironman 55 Bud Crown and World Finals. They also became the first California based team and driver to win the Gold Cup in over 20 years.
  • We Are the Champions (Queen) - In 2010, Jason Meyers and Elite Racing made history as they became the only California based driver and team to win the World of Outlaws title from California.

Up Next

Now that the Elite Racing squad has had a weekend to regroup, they are ready to return to racing action. On Friday April 15, the team will be racing at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky, before traveling to I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri on Saturday night April 16. With victories at both tracks, the Elite Racing team seems poised to take their first victory of the season this weekend.

Schatz, Kinser Continue Top-10 Streaks at Merced, Calistoga

Dates: Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2011

Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series

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When most people picture California, they think of the surfing culture that has spread its tradition of “cool.” In fact, the state is so cool that it has a town that is simply known as Cool, California.  This weekend Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team kept their cool to collect two more top-10 finishes in their home state. With the team overcoming adversity at both Merced and Calistoga Speedway, the whole team had to rally to hold on to the third position in the point standings.

Read more: California Cool: Jason Meyers ends homecoming tour with two top-10 finishes

INDIANAPOLIS (March 30, 2011) – For the first time in eight seasons, the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series stars have spent an early portion of their season competing in the Golden State. This weekend, the traveling Outlaws are set to conclude their five-race tour of California with an inaugural race at Merced (Calif.) Speedway on Friday and a return to the picturesque Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday. Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz are each looking to race their way to victory and finish the California tour with some momentum.

Read more: Tony Stewart Racing Concludes Outlaws’ California Spring Break

 One has been referred to as being the loneliest number, but in the racing world it can sometimes be the most elusive number. For Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team, it took several close calls for them to win their first World of Outlaws Series title, but they took that number one spot last season. The champions have had a slow start to the 2011 season, but this weekend they made some gains towards taking their first victory of the season in front of their hometown crowd. Unfortunately, rain would get in the way at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway. But at Thunderbowl Raceway, Meyers came within 0.419 of a second from celebrating in Victory Lane.

Read more: California Confidence: With hometown support Meyers closes in on first victory of 2011

Granger, IA—March 17, 2011—Spring Break brings thoughts of warm weather and sunshine to mind. Baseball teams traditionally head to Florida and Arizona to get in the swing of things and gear up for the season ahead. For the World of Outlaws, Spring Break 2011 means a month long tour of the state of California, visiting five different tracks and that tour continues this weekend.

Read more: California Spring Break Swing Continues for Kraig Kinser at Kings Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway

Speed is a universal language. The speed at which an object moves through the air is known as mach speed. While sprint car racing measures speed in miles per hour, most of our men and women in uniform are accustomed to measuring speed in machs. As Jason Meyers raced for the first time in California at Silver Dollar Speedway since winning the 2010 World of Outlaws title, he also took some time to thank the men and women of the Armed Forces this weekend. While everything did not go quite as planned at the Mini Gold Cup, the Elite Racing squad rallied and did their best to handle an issue they rarely have to deal with.

Read more: Mach Speed: Elite Racing Thanks the Armed Forces at Mini Gold Cup

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