2018 World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. Image courtesy World of Outlaws.

Donny Schatz adds to 10th World of Outlaws crown with 22nd feature win in 2018

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Two days after clinching his 10th World of Outlaws sprint car championship, Donny Schatz put a little icing on the cake in Saturday’s season-ending race at The Dirt Track across from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Schatz, who drives for former NASCAR champ Tony Stewart’s WoO team, made the win look easy, even though it was anything but, rallying from 10th place to capture the World Finals event, his 22nd feature win of the 2018 season.

The veteran sprint car driver swapped slide jobs with Logan Schuchart heading to the white flag, then held on to win the race and close out World of Outlaws’ 40th anniversary season. Schuchart finished second, while Brad Sweet finished third.

“The old guys can still get it done,” a smiling Schatz said in victory lane, according to WoOSprint.com. “Hats off to my guys, they have worked their butts off all season.

“I’m the hardest guy in the pits to work for because if it’s not perfect, I’m not happy.”

Schatz went over to congratulate Schuchart on a great, clean race, which the latter truly appreciated.

“I knew it was going to be tough to beat him,” Schuchart said of Schatz. “I had one shot and couldn’t make it stick but it is great to be able to have a good, clean race with the 10-time Champion.”

Tim Shaffer finished fourth, while Gio Scelzi finished fifth.

Feature (30 Laps) – Finish, car number, driver name, qualifying position, prize money earned:

1. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$12,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$2,800]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [11][$2,500]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [1][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,200]; 8. 5M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,100]; 9. 41-Joey Saldana [13][$2,050]; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [7][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,050]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,000]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [27][$]; 18. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [18][$1,000]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$1,000]; 20. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,000]; 22. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [28][$]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; 26. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$1,000]; 27. 22-Carson Macedo [2][$1,000]; 28. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+12].

For full results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte, click here.

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Simona de Silvestro to become Venturi Formula E test driver

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Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition

De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.

I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.

“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”

De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.

The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.

“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.

“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”