Cover Photo by Brendon Bauman
BY: SPEED SPORT STAFF
CONCORD, N.C. — World of Outlaws Late Model Series officials announced Monday morning that racer, owner and promoter Casey Shuman will be the new series director.
Born and raised in Rattlesnake Bend, Ariz., and now residing in Indianapolis, Shuman raced non-winged sprints and midgets for more than 20 years before stepping into the role of owner and promoter of the Wingless Auto Racing (WAR) Series in 2016.
Staying true to his competitor roots, Shuman has successfully revitalized the POWRi WAR Sprints into one of the fastest growing series in the Midwest.
Now, he steps into a leading role with the one of the premier dirt late model series in the United States, taking the reins from former series director Matt Curl, who has become owner of Fairbury American Legion Speedway, home of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Prairie Dirt Classic.
Casey Shuman in action with the USAC Silver Crown Series at the Springfield Mile. (Brendon Bauman photo)
“It’s a true honor to become part of the World of Outlaws family,” Shuman said. “I grew up with my dad (Ron) on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car tour, and it’s exciting to now be in the midst of planning a season with the World of Outlaws Late Models.
“My career has been heavily open-wheel based, but I am looking forward to the challenge of working with the competitors, owners and promoters in the Late Model world,” Shuman added. “I am confident with the backing of the World of Outlaws team we can do some really great things.”
Having grown up at the race track beside his father, Hall of Fame sprint car driver Ron Shuman, Casey Shuman has seen every facet of the racing industry. Throughout his career he has earned the respect of the drivers and the industry at large, positioning him to lead the World of Outlaws Late Model Series into another stellar season.
“Casey has all the skills necessary to successfully run the World of Outlaws Late Model Series,” said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. “He grew up in a racing family and understands the rigors of a traveling series from the ownership and promotion sides as well as competition and technical viewpoints. He’ll be a great leader for our team.”
Shuman will remain involved with his WAR Sprint Car Series in an advisory capacity, attending those events when his travel schedule allows.
When Shuman is not on-site with WAR, pit steward Brooke Rowden will be present, with POWRi National Midget League competition director Jason McCord making a handful of appearances as well.
Shuman is confident that he can build off of Curl’s vision with his new team to ensure continued success.
“Matt (Curl) put together a fresh and exciting schedule, and I’m honored to step in and carry that through with a great team beside me, some incredible drivers at the wheel, and great fans and partners all around,” Shuman said. “I want everyone to have fun and prosper. That’s the most important thing.”