Get ready to race to Outback Steakhouse after hearing this feel good story about the brand’s latest partnership.
Between work and school, 22-year-old Stephen Mallozzi lives a busy life. Add in being a part-time driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and you have an idea just how busy this young man really is.
Mallozzi raced go-karts for roughly five years without really making an impact in the sport, then switched to stock-cars. After competing in ‘late models’ at short tracks across the South, Mallozzi made his first Truck Series start at Mid-Ohio in 2022. His first truck start of 2023 came at Martinsville, where his story caught the attention of officials in Outback’s corporate office.
After his Twitter post went viral in April, the restaurant chain decided to sponsor their employee. That’s right! In only his fifth career Truck Series start, Mallozzi will drive the No. 22 Ford sponsored by Outback Steakhouse! Mallozzi is already a one-man PR machine.
“Since I was eight years old, Outback was the go-to post-race restaurant for me and my family, win or lose, so I couldn’t be prouder of this partnership and the Bloomin’ Onion wrap on my truck . I’m excited to get the community fired up at the events we’re hosting together.”
With school back from summer break, and the NASCAR season winding down, Bristol will likely be Mallozzi’s last truck start this season. But make no mistake, with all the attention this sponsorship opportunity has provided, his career is just getting started.
RACE UPDATE: The No. 22 Outback Steakhouse truck driven by Stephen Mallozzi made the race last night, He started near the tail end of the field, and finished the race 33rd place, 8 laps down on the leaders. But he did not wreck even though the announcers tried to blame him for turning another truck during a restart (video below),