Like many other drivers, Donny Schatz started his racing career as a teenager by competing in go-carts. He shifted to sprint cars in 1993 and three years later won the National WISSOTA Sprint Car Championship title. In 1997, Donny roped in the coveted World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year award, and his rise to the top of World of Outlaws officially began.
1998 saw Donny win his first World of Outlaws feature event at Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway. He followed this victory with a win at the Western World Open Championship at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix in 1999. Donny continued to improve his record with 10 World of Outlaws A-main events in 2001 and 12 A-main events in 2003. He won 10 events in 2005, including the Nationals Open at Williams Grove Speedway, and drove his way to 2006′s National 410 Sprint Car Driver of the Year. 2006 was a banner year for Donny, earning him his first World of Outlaws Championship with 19 wins in Sprint Series A-main events.
He carried this success into 2007, again winning 19 A-main events, including the prestigious King’s Royal event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as well as his second World of Outlaws Championship. He was named the 2007 Australian 410 Sprint Car Driver of the Year. With 70 World of Outlaws career wins, Donny is tied for 6th place on the all-time series victory list.
If 2007 seemed like a good year for Schatz, it only got better in 2008. Donny went on to become only the second driver to win sprint car’s biggest race, the Knoxville nationals, three years in a row. Additionally, he was crowned the WoO Sprint Series Champion in 2008, his 3rd straight championship.