449 Eric Saunders
Team: Tony Stewart Racing MX
Sponsors: Suzuki, Pro Bass Shops, Great Clips, TMC, Pilot, EVS, K&N, Troy Lee Designs, Twin Air, Leatt, Wiseco, Scott, IMS, Race Tech, Universal, ASV, Motion Pro, Throttle Jockey, Boyesen
- Lakeville, IN
- 150 lbs.
In 1999 Eric Saunders began a motorcycle racing odyssey that has taken him to many victory lanes as well as on many special journeys including a speaking engagement at the Pentagon.
Eric's Father, Irish, through a relationship with friend and business colleague, Tony Stewart, began Eric Saunders/Tony Stewart Racing. A racing team built specifically around Eric's motocross efforts.
Stewart, who is a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and driver of the Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is an owner of several motorsports ventures in addition to his ultra-successful driving career. After seeing a similar drive in the young Saunders, he awarded the youngster the riding opportunity, provided he was diligent and performed throughout his educational process.
Saunders has taken the opportunity to levels have been incredible. With over 500 wins to his credit, Saunders has proved he has the talent to compete in the top levels of motocross racing at local, regional and national events.
In April of 2010, Eric crashed at his home track while practicing for Steel City National. Unfortunately, Eric's crash resulted in paralysis from the waist down. Today, Eric continues rehab to improve his strength. He is getting back into racing and was recently named the General Manager of Plymouth Speedway in Indiana.