INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 29, 2007) – He’s a two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion, a hard-nosed racer’s racer who competes on everything from short-track dirt to paved superspeedways, charitable organization founder, track owner, radio show host and the guy even has his own line of bar-b-que sauces. Tony Stewart is a busy man. But Stewart still takes time out of his hectic schedule and commitments to mentor a promising young motocross racer named Eric Saunders.
Saunders, a 14-year-old fellow Hoosier native, has known Stewart his entire life as his father, Irish, has been a long-time supporter of one of NASCAR’s most popular figures. The younger Saunders has been competing on two-wheels and landing jumps since he was only 5 and has been able to excel under the guidance of the Tony Stewart Racing team.
“I’m really grateful for everything Tony has done to help me,” commented Saunders. “People ask what it’s like to race for a NASCAR Champion but he’s really down to earth and gives me great advice. He’s just a normal guy who has a lot more credentials than most of us so I couldn’t think of anyone better as a mentor.”
The Tony Stewart/Eric Saunders Racing MX Team will tackle an ambitious American Motorcycle Association season by competing in three different divisions. The Hoosier throttlestomper will square off against the brightest young talent in his age group by running his Bass Pro Shops/Suzuki Racing machines in the 85cc, 112cc Supermini and 125cc Youth classes at various events across the Midwest.
“We are going to ride in three different divisions this year since I am at an age that allows options and it will just give me more experience,” added the bike phenom who still doesn’t even boast a driver’s license. “It’s all about racing as much as possible and experience so I can continue to improve. With my program and the opportunities I have, we can’t go wrong and will definitely learn a lot and hopefully grab a few wins along the way.”
The Tony Stewart/Eric Saunders Racing MX Team would like to thank their loyal sponsors - Tony Stewart Racing, Bass Pro Shops, TMC Transportation, Suzuki Racing, Fiber Wise, Troy Lee Designs, TORCO Race Fuels and K&N Air Filters. For more information on Eric Saunders, check out www.ericsaundersmx.com.