Don Schumacher Racing
Indianapolis – Jack Beckman was three-hundredths of second away from having in his words “a phenomenal weekend” at the 65th NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The driver of Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car raced to the Indy final for the third time in his career, but came up tantalizingly short of scoring a second U.S. Nationals triumph in NHRA’s signature event.
Beckman continued the run of Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars reaching the final to seven straight events, and 14 of 18 in 2019, and led a brigade of six Mopar-powered machines into eliminations Monday after securing his 25th career No. 1 qualifier. The run to his 60th career final appearance began with a fifth sub-3.9 second run of the weekend in a first-round victory over Justin Schriefer, but his elapsed time wasn’t enough to secure lane choice for his race with Bob Tasca III in the quarterfinals. Beckman leaned on his Dean Antonelli/John Medlen-led team and they delivered with a car that made it down the less-than desirable right lane with a time of 3.922 seconds to defeat Tasca’s run of 3.943. Next up was the two-time and defending champion J.R. Todd and Beckman powered to victory again in the right lane to push Beckman to his fourth final in 2019.
In the final, Beckman matched up with John Force and he was first to hit the gas. Force drove around the 2012 Funny Car world champion with his pass of 3.919 run to defeat Beckman and his lap of 3.940. The weekend provided Beckman with momentum heading to Countdown where he will start from the fourth position.
Beckman Earns First No. 1 Qualifier of Season at U.S. Nationals, Leads Six Mopar-powered Dodge Charger NHRA Funny Car Drivers Into Elimination Rounds
Indianapolis – Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Jack Beckman raced to his first No. 1 qualifier position of season this weekend during the 65th Annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, leading a contingent of six Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers into Monday’s elimination rounds for the NHRA’s biggest race of the season.
Beckman and his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge//SRT Mopar teammates Matt Hagan and Ron Capps earned positions inside the top-four and were joined in the field by fellow DSR teammate Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers Paul Lee and Cruz Pedregon.
Since qualifying began Friday night, the most consistent machine in the Funny Car class through the five sessions was Beckman’s Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. After posting a Friday night run of 3.875 seconds, the 2012 Funny Car world champion never relinquished the No.1 position, topping three of the five sessions and collecting 16 qualifying points. His run early Saturday evening of 3.861 earned Beckman the 25th No. 1 qualifier of his career. It was his second No. 1 at the U.S. Nationals, his first coming in 2015 setting up Beckman for his only U.S. Nationals crown.
Jack Beckman Qualifies No. 1 for the NHRA U.S. Nationals
BROWNSBURG, IN – Jack Beckman piloted the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 25th of his career during the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Since qualifying for the Indianapolis event began Friday night, the most consistent machine in the Funny Car class has been Beckman’s Hellcat. After posting a session-best Friday night run of 3.875 seconds, the 2012 Funny Car world champion improved upon his stout Q1 showing by powering to a 3.861 E.T. in Q2, never relinquishing the No. 1 position. In Q3 and Q4, the Dean Antonelli/John Medlen-led team continued to flex their muscle, laying down E.T.s that were in the top four of each session before closing out qualifying by rocketing to another ‘best of class’ run of 3.875 seconds at a speed of 335.23 miles per hour, the fastest Funny Car lap of the weekend.
“I don’t want to say that we’ve been perfect all weekend, but I think we have our Dodge Hellcat Funny Car as close to perfect as it’s been in a while,” said Beckman, who has raced to three runner-up finishes in 2019 but is chasing that elusive first win of the season.
The team’s impressive qualifying performance allowed them to pick up bonus points during each round, giving Beckman a 16-point edge heading into race day.
Jack Beckman improved upon his top-ranked Q1 E.T. to stay in the provisional No. 1 Funny Car spot
BROWNSBURG, IN – “Fast” Jack Beckman maintains his provisional No. 1 qualifier position after day two of qualifying for the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals in suburban Indianapolis. Complete domination best describes the performance by Beckman and the Infinite Hero Foundation team after the first three qualifying sessions of the weekend.
Beckman unloaded with a 3.861-second pass on Saturday, besting his top-ranked 3.875 E.T. from Friday’s single qualifying session to reaffirm his position at the top of the 19-car field.
The 2012 Funny Car world champion who is seeking his first No. 1 qualifier and first win of the season continued to demonstrate his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s quick and consistent performance capabilities when he charged to a 3.878 E.T. at 331.94 mph in Q3. Beckman was the only Funny Car pilot to make three sub-3.9-second passes during the first three qualifying sessions, earning 11 out of a possible 12 bonus points.
“I think we’re arguably the best car out here right now,” said Beckman, who is currently ranked fifth in the Countdown standings and is aiming to move up at least one spot before playoff positions are locked at the conclusion of the race weekend. “We’re making a statement repeatedly here, and because it’s also ‘bonus’ bonus points in each qualifying session, we got four points for being low of Q1, four points for being low of Q2, and another three in Q3. We were low of the lane we were in during Q3, and it’s hard to ask for any more as a driver. And, you drive better with a higher degree of confidence.”
Jack Beckman blistered to the provisional No. 1 Funny Car spot with his 3.875-second Q1 pass
BROWNSBURG, IN – Jack Beckman landed the provisional qualifying lead Friday night at the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals. He powered the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a blistering 3.875-second pass at 328.46 mph under the lights in Q1 to earn the top spot in a stacked Funny Car field.
“Shawn Langdon was a few pairs in front of us and we saw him run a 3.88 at 330 and then I saw (crew chief Dean) ‘Guido’ (Antonelli) give (co-crew chief) John Medlen the signal to take the cover off the controller, which means he just saw that car go 3.88 and he knows there’s more on the race track there so he’s speeding the car up,” explained Beckman of Q1.
“John Medlen always lets me know the characteristics of the lanes; where to stage, where it’s going to pull the car, and I’m processing all of this. So then I go out there and the car makes a move to the right and I didn’t think it was going to make it down, because when you’re accelerating that hard, the front end is light and they don’t want to steer and the cars get real edgy. And then when I got it back in the middle of the lane and at the transition, it hit a bump. I got on the radio in the shutdown area and said it looped the tires a little bit down there. Going back and looking at the data, it barely made it, but it did, and we got that 3.87 and it feels awesome.”
Brownsville, IN – NHRA U.S. Nationals
Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) enter the race weekend as the most recent winners on tour
Capps is seeking his third consecutive final round appearance of 2019
Capps has been victorious at every track on the current NHRA tour with the exception of Indianapolis and is focused on that elusive first U.S. Nationals win during his 25th season of nitro racing
Matt Hagan raced to the Indy Funny Car final in 2018
Hagan made his NHRA Funny Car debut at the 2008 U.S. Nationals
Tommy Johnson Jr. returns to the annual one-off Riley Kids livery, a DSR/U.S. Nationals tradition benefiting Riley Hospital for Children since 2014
Antron Brown has both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle victories at Indianapolis
Pritchett and Mark Pawuk return to Factory Stock Showdown competition; Pritchett will pull double-duty, competing in both Top Fuel and Factory Stock
14th annual DSR Open House, Riley Hospital visit and Riley Funny Car highlight Indy race weekend for Don Schumacher Racing
BROWNSBURG, IN – Before Indianapolis-based Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) takes to the track for the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals next weekend, the winningest team in NHRA history will have already achieved a major victory – raising funds for Indy’s own Riley Hospital for Children.
On Friday, August 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, DSR will pull back the curtain and open the doors to its 145,000-square-foot state-of-the-art racing facility for the 14th annual DSR Open House. The annual Open House event, along with the yearly ‘This is How We Roll’ bowling function, taking place on December 11, 2019, are the team’s two major fundraisers for Riley Hospital. Since the partnership began in 2006, the largest team in drag racing has successfully raised more than $640,000 for Riley, with more than $120,000 generated from 2018’s fundraising efforts.