Schatz uses racing break to imagine "what retired life is like"

Donny Schatz picked up his third consecutive win at Archerfield Speedway in Australia. Donny Schatz Motorsports photo

FARGO -- It's hard to go from the loud roars of the race track to the quiet vibe in an office.

That's what Donny Schatz has done for nearly two months, working from his office in the Petro Shopping Center in Fargo.

He can't help but miss the race track.

"After winning 10 championships and winning the races I've won, you always want to keep going back cause it's the competition," Schatz said.

The World of Outlaws season started in February, and Schatz immediately got a win at Volusia Speedway Park.


When the season went on suspension in March, Schatz knew he might be away for a while.

"In no way is it difficult for me because I have no control over it," Schatz said.

While away, it was a chance for Schatz to get a glimpse at what life is like after the engines stop going.

"To me it's like sitting here and imagining what retired life is like," he said.

He will not be sitting around when that time comes. According to the 10-time World of Outlaws champion, he needs a challenge.

"Done a lot of projects at home that I wanted to do," he said. "I think I painted every wall twice or three times, cleaned every drawer out. It's just little things to keep yourself occupied and busy."


Schatz also gave iRacing a try, though it was a short trial process.

"I'm not much into it, I'm not good at it," he said. "It's not realistic in any way, shape, or form."

He's not at the stage in his career just yet. The World of Outlaws returned to racing on May 8th, taking 6th place at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

Having the sport back helped him realize how much he missed it.

"I think you're going to see a lot of happy people, a lot of smiling faces," Schatz said.

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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