Born: May 24, 1976
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana
Interests: Golf, Outdoors, Indianapolis Colts Football
Shane Stewart has amassed more than 100 winged sprint car wins, in both 410 and 360 cubic inch engines, throughout the course of his 20 year racing career. Across the United States, Canada and Australia, Shane has become a threat to win on any given night. In 2014, that threat continued with Shane behind the wheel of the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing sprint car. Owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and entrepreneur and former NASCAR driver Justin Marks, Larson Marks Racing will ran a successful limited 50-race schedule in 2014 to prepare for a full World of Outlaws STP season in 2015. 2015 was a great success winning often and finishing second in the championship.
Shane was introduced to the world of motorsports at a young age when his father, Mike, was racing super modified's at dirt tracks in Tulsa, OK Being in the pit area and watching his father in victory lane fueled Shane’s need to compete. When he was six-years-old, his father surprised him with his first quarter midget. A year later, Shane was again in victory lane, this time celebrating his own wins.
At the age of 12, Shane made the jump from quarter midgets to micro midgets. He quickly found success and within four years it was again time to move on. To something bigger, better, faster and more challenging. Winged sprint cars.
A family friend, Andy Hillenburg, was making a name for himself in the world of sprint car racing and took an interest in the now 16-year-old Shane. He coached Shane, not only on the driving skills of sprint car racing, but also on the mechanics. Mike Stewart built a team for his son and the family-owned No. 9s traveled the south, racing local venues and National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) events. Hillenburg was a World of Outlaws regular by the mid 1990s, and when the World of Outlaws rolled into an Oklahoma or Texas-area track, he was now racing side-by-side with his portage.
By 2000, Shane had turned enough heads that he was hired by veteran car owner Junior Holbrook, a ride that Shane calls his “first paying sprint car job”. He competed with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series, winning 10 races over three years. In 2004, he joined forces with Scott Chilcutt and Kevin Rudeen, which led to his first full-time season with the World of Outlaws in 2006.
In 2007, Shane met Paul Silva, a talented team owner and crew chief from California. The duo left the idea of “points racing” and started a “true outlaw schedule,” picking and choosing the races they would compete in. In August, they took center stage when they won their first of five 360 Knoxville Nationals titles. Apart from one season of returning to World of Outlaws competition, Shane and Paul continued to chart their own path and pick up countless wins along the way, as well as two American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) championships.
In 2013, while driving for several sprint car teams across the country, Shane earned 13 wins, including his fifth 360 Knoxville Nationals. In 65 starts, he tallied an impressive 41 top-10 finishes.
Shane also spends his American “off-season” each year competing for Monte Motorsports in Australia. Shane has earned 20 wins on Australian soil, including the prestigious Classic at Sungold Stadium in 2010. Shane also led Monte Motorsports to the 2013 World Series Car Owner Championship.