Don Schumacher Racing
BROWNSBURG, IN – Fresh off the heels of achieving NHRA national event win No. 350 on Saturday evening, Don Schumacher Racing
continued its triumphant streak on Sunday during the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Jack Beckman defeated J.R. Todd in the Funny Car final round to deliver the ninth consecutive Funny Car Wally trophy for drag racing’s winningest organization.
Beckman’s march to the winner’s circle began by qualifying seventh with his Q3 run during the rescheduled NHRA Summernationals (Indy 2) final round. Beckman and DSR teammate Matt Hagan squared off to vie for the Indy 2 crown, and the chance to win the 350th title for Don Schumacher on the 50th anniversary of the drag racing patriarch’s first NHRA national event win. Hagan outran Beckman to capture the victory, but Beckman didn’t have to wait long for another shot at redemption.
On Sunday morning, Beckman’s run through the Funny Car field began when he drove the Doug Chandler-sponsored Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a stout 3.909 E.T. against Cruz Pedregon’s tire-smoking effort. In the quarterfinals, the 2012 Funny Car world champion ousted teammate Ron Capps before trailering Tim Wilkerson with a holeshot victory during the semifinals. In his second final round appearance in a 24-hour period, Beckman lined up opposite J.R. Todd to battle it out for the event championship. The Infinite Hero machine blasted down the track in 3.908-seconds to post the win over Todd’s 3.960-second effort and keep DSR’s Funny Car win streak, which dates back to October 2019, alive.
BROWNSBURG, IN – Current Funny Car points leader Tommy Johnson Jr. secured the No. 1 qualifier position with his Riley Kids Dodge
Charger SRT Hellcat on Saturday evening with his 3.878-second pass at 326.40-mph. It was Johnson’s third time securing the pole position over the last four events, and his 21st No. 1 qualifier overall.
Prior to rocketing to the top of the field, Johnson laid down the quickest pass of Q2, earning a total of six bonus points on Saturday. As the No. 1 qualifier, he will take on Dale Creasy Jr. in the first round of eliminations. The Avon, Ind. resident hopes to use the momentum of qualifying No. 1 to propel him through eliminations and into a final round showdown to vie for his first U.S. Nationals win.
“We missed it by just a little bit on Friday night,” said Johnson, winner of the 2020 NHRA Arizona Nationals. “We knew it was going to run a good lap and our car has the performance. I was glad to see a bit of a delay. The sun went behind the grandstands and the guys made a huge change in the clutch and I knew they were going for it. It was evident a few hundred feet into the run that it was on a good one. I knew by how hard it was pushing me back in the seat. The performance is solid. We have three No. 1’s and a No. 2 at the four races here at Indy. Now it’s time to turn those into a win.”
Drag racing’s winningest organization further cemented its position as one of motorsports’ elite teams when Matt Hagan delivered win No. 350 on Saturday
BROWNSBURG, IN – At the 1970 NHRA U.S. Nationals, Don Schumacher raced to his first NHRA national event victory, collecting win No. 1 for what would eventually become the drag racing powerhouse Don Schumacher Racing. Today, at the 2020 NHRA U.S. Nationals, he celebrated his team’s 350th national event win on the 50th anniversary of his Indianapolis triumph.
Following the conclusion of the third and final round of qualifying for Sunday’s elimination rounds, Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan battled it out in the rescheduled NHRA Summernationals (Indy 2) July 19th final round, with Matt Hagan emerging the victor. Hagan rocketed down the track in 3.919 seconds at 328.54-mph behind the wheel of the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye to deliver win No. 350 for NHRA’s winningest team. The Brownsburg, Ind.-based organization is one of a very small handful of teams in motorsports to achieve the landmark triumphant accomplishment. Other domestic motorsports titans who have earned more than 300 race wins include Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, and Hendrick Motorsports. After DSR, NHRA’s next winningest team, John Force Racing, lists 280 race wins.
“It’s hard for me to even comprehend the team having that many wins. I’m just amazed at the accomplishments that my teams and team members have made over the last 22 years,” said Schumacher of the milestone victory that further cemented DSR’s position as one of the motorsports industry’s most elite teams.
“I was blessed to win five Wally trophies during my driving time, but that was only a small beginning for what the team has accomplished,” added Schumacher, who owns five of DSR’s 350 wins from his days as a fierce Funny Car match racer in the 1960s and 70s. “A huge thank you to the team. Every person played a part – from the drivers to the crew, management, hospitality, every person in the machine and fab shop; every employee contributed to this incredible number, and I’m just in awe.”
BROWNSBURG, IN – Ron Capps, the most recent winner on the NHRA tour, powered his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Funny Car to a 3.895 E.T. at a top speed of 330.63 mph to pace the provisional Funny Car field at the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals during the first ‘Friday Night Lights’ event of the 2020 season. Capps, who earned his first Indianapolis win at the famed facility three weeks ago, is eager for a repeat on Sunday to collect his first U.S. Nationals Wally trophy.
Capps’ 3.895-second pass was clocked during Friday’s sole qualifying session which was contested two hours later than originally scheduled due to a series of lengthy on-track delays.
“The guys go up there planning to run a certain number, and then we have a two-hour delay and the weather changes, and the track conditions are so different from what they were when we were supposed to run, but that’s why I always brag about (my crew chief) Rahn Tobler, he’s great at making changes on the fly like that,” explained Capps of the Q1 run that placed him at the top of the Funny Car ladder. “My car, it was a handful, it was moving around a lot, but it made down under power, so great job by the NAPA guys.”
DSR Has A Long List of Accomplishments at this Historic NHRA Classic
– At the 1970 NHRA U.S. Nationals, DSR team owner Don Schumacher raced to his very first NHRA win. This weekend he will celebrate his team’s 350th victory on the 50th anniversary of his Indianapolis triumph.
– DSR is guaranteed its milestone 350th win when Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan battle it out in their Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats in the rescheduled Indy 2 final round during Q3 on Saturday; the win will mark the eighth consecutive Funny Car triumph for DSR
– As has been tradition since 2014, Funny Car point leader Tommy Johnson Jr. will once again pilot the special Riley Kids Funny Car, helping to raise awareness for DSR’s local children’s hospital on drag racing’s largest stage
– Since 2006, DSR has raised over $716,000 for Riley Hospital for Children, and is conducting a series of fundraising initiatives surrounding the race weekend:Cameo – DSR drivers are available for shout-outs via Cameo, now through Sept. 3 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Zoom – from now through Sept. 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET, fans can purchase entry into one of two Zoom meetings with DSR drivers, occurring on Sept. 4 at noon and 1:00 p.m. ET
– Online Auction – autographed racing memorabilia and one-of-a-kind items are up-for-grabs via an online auction which runs now through Sept. 7 at noon E.T.
BROWNSBURG, IN – Between fielding the largest number of cars in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and keeping up with the demand for regular livery updates and special ‘one-off’ schemes, ensuring Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) fleet of championship race cars are looking sharp while on the track is no small task. In 2019, it was estimated that DSR campaigned more than 30 different paint schemes among its Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, and Factory Stock Showdown Dodge Challenger Drag Paks, and printed 63 wraps overall including branding the organization’s trucks and trailers, and completing outside projects for competing race teams. All of the design, printing, laminating, and installation of truck, trailer, and race car graphics is handled in-house at DSR’s 145,000-square-foot Brownsburg, Ind. headquarters, and DSR’s team of graphic design and vinyl installers rely on top-notch equipment, including a large-scale laminator, to be able to handle the workload.
Thanks to a new partnership with Graphic Finishing Partners (GFP), DSR recently took ownership of a GFP 363TH, a state-of-the-art laminator that has been churning out vinyl round-the-clock since it was announced that the 2020 NHRA season would resume last month. Countless wraps, overlays, and decals have gone through the laminator over the last several weeks, including Tony Schumacher’s co-branded Okuma/Sandvik Coromant dragster which will hit the track for the first time at the upcoming NHRA U.S. Nationals, and Matt Hagan and Leah Pruett’s fierce-looking Hellcat Redeye schemes.
Riley Kids and the U.S. Nationals go hand-in-hand; DSR announces series of virtual fundraisers to benefit its hometown children’s hospital in the COVID era
BROWNSBURG, IN – One of the most highly-anticipated traditions each year at Don Schumacher Racing is the annual Open House to benefit Riley Children’s Foundation. Since 2006, drag racing’s winningest organization has opened up its doors on Friday of the NHRA U.S. Nationals week to provide thousands of fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the racing powerhouse’s 145,000-square-foot Brownsburg, Ind. headquarters. Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Open House has been canceled, but DSR remains committed to raising funds for its hometown children’s hospital, and is launching a series of virtual fundraisers surrounding the upcoming Labor Day weekend NHRA event.
Kicking off today is a teamwide Cameo campaign, in which DSR’s roster of eight Mello Yello series drivers are available via the Cameo app or Cameo.com for special shout-outs. DSR drivers are available to send congratulatory messages, birthday wishes, words of encouragement, or to simply just say ‘hello’ to an adoring fan via a Cameo video. Cameo messages can be purchased for fifty dollars ($50 for Web and Android; $54.99 for IOS users), with 75 percent of the proceeds going towards Riley Children’s Foundation (Cameo retains the remaining 25%). The Cameo campaign begins today, August 20, and will run through Thursday, September 3, at 5:00 p.m. ET.