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Don Schumacher Racing

DSR Ready for the 2020 Season and the Winternationals

Pomona, CA

Highlights:

  • 2019 Mello Yello Series Funny Car runner-up Jack Beckman, and third-place finisher Matt Hagan look to pick-up where they left off by building upon their late-season momentum at the 2020 season-opener
  • Beckman returns to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona as the most recent Funny Car winner after having won the 2019 season-closer. He also posted a runner-up finish at the 2019 NHRA Winternationals
  • Antron Brown earned his first No. 1 qualifier in the Top Fuel category at the 2008 Pomona I event
  • Beckman, Ron Capps, and Leah Pruett consider Pomona to be a hometown track. Beckman resides in Norco;
  • Capps resides in Carlsbad; Pruett grew up in nearby Redlands
  • Team patriarch Don Schumacher won the 1973 event in the Funny Car category
  • All current DSR drivers have been victorious at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona at least once

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DSR ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF AB MOTORSPORTS; GLOBAL ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY JOINS NEW ENDEAVOR AS MAJOR ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

BROWNSBURG, IN – Since making his NHRA debut aboard a Pro Stock Motorcycle in 1998, Antron Brown has successfully checked item after item off of his personal bucket list, including three Top Fuel world titles. As he embarks on the new decade, the wheels have been set into motion for Brown to realize another dream – NHRA team ownership.

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Brown are delighted to announce the formation of AB Motorsports. Team owner Don Schumacher will work hand-in-hand with Brown, guiding him toward the eventual goal of sole ownership of AB Motorsports, which will function as a subsidiary of DSR, as Brown eases into the transition from ‘hired shoe’ to driver/team owner.

“This is a dream come true. Never in a million years did I think I would be a professional Top Fuel driver, let alone have the opportunity to be a team owner,” said Brown, who made the shift from Pro Stock Motorcycle to Top Fuel in 2008. “I can’t thank Don Schumacher enough for not only the opportunity to race for him and represent DSR for many years but now helping me to pursue my dream. I also have to thank Steve and Samantha Bryson, as it brings me great happiness to welcome them to AB Motorsports with their Global Electronic Technology team.

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IMPACT RACING, Inc. Extends Partnership Agreement with Don Schumacher Racing

BROWNSBURG, IN – Safety is priority No. 1 at Don Schumacher Racing, which is why the winningest team in NHRA history has turned to IMPACT RACING, Inc. since 2004 and will continue to do so in the new decade. DSR is pleased to announce that IMPACT has extended its partnership agreement through the 2021 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

As the ‘official safety supplier of DSR,’ IMPACT outfits the Brownsburg, Ind.-based team with firesuits, helmets, gloves, shoes, boots, belts, and parachutes, among other safety-related products.

“Our partnership with IMPACT extends back three owners,” said DSR team owner Don Schumacher, who is heralded as a pioneer in the safety of drag racing. “We started with founder Bill Simpson about 16 years ago, and have grown with the company as it has evolved into the highly-recognized brand that is seen around the dragstrip in both the Sportsman and pro pits today.”

Although Schumacher focuses on winning races and championships, safety has always been his highest priority. When he was driving, he contributed cutting-edge safety innovations for Funny Cars, including a roof-mounted escape hatch that allowed drivers to quickly exit when fires occurred. Continue reading

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Tommy Johnson Jr. to Campaign the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in 2020

BROWNSBURG, IN – The Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. will sport a new, yet familiar, look the next time it hits the dragstrip. Throughout the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Johnson will represent The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world’s most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, by campaigning the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Thanks to Doug Chandler, Don Schumacher Racing will continue the tradition of fielding ‘giving cars’ for the seventh consecutive year in 2020. The giving car program, which enables a non-profit to be recognized through a dedicated tribute livery at no cost to the organization, was started in 2014 by Chandler’s late wife, philanthropist and longtime friend of DSR, Terry Chandler.

Following Terry’s passing in July 2017, Chandler opted to continue his wife’s legacy by personally funding the 11,000-horsepower machines piloted by Johnson and his Funny Car teammate, Jack Beckman.

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Bowling for Riley and PRI Grand Opening Breakfast Highlight ‘PRI Week’ for DSR

BROWNSBURG, IN – The week of December 9th is shaping up to be a busy one for Don Schumacher Racing, NHRA’s preeminent drag racing team. The 32nd annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show gets underway in Indianapolis, Thursday, December 12th, and DSR’s star-studded roster of drivers have been selected to be the featured guests at the trade show’s prestigious Grand Opening Breakfast that morning.

Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr., Leah Pritchett, and Tony Schumacher will join noted motorsports broadcaster Ralph Sheheen on-stage for a live talk-show style panel in front of more than 3,000 industry professionals. The event is available to all PRI attendees, free of charge, and will be held at the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Doors open at 7:00 a.m.

Before the PRI activities kick-in to high gear, DSR will once again host the popular ‘This is How We Roll’ bowling event to benefit Riley Children’s Foundation.

DSR has enjoyed a long history with Riley Hospital for Children, and the annual bowling event, scheduled for the evening of December 11th, is one of DSR’s two primary fundraisers for the local children’s hospital. Drag racing’s largest team has raised more than $690,000 for Riley since 2005 and is eager to break the $700,000 mark at this year’s event.

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Jack Beckman Drives Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat to Funny Car Triumph at Auto Club NHRA Finals

Pomona, CA – Dodge//SRT Mopar driver Jack Beckman closed the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season by racing the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to his second victory of the season at the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

The win for Beckman, his 30th career Funny Car class victory, concluded a season where four drivers raced Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars to 11 wins in the 24-race NHRA campaign.

Beckman and fellow Dodge//SRT Mopar and DSR driver Matt Hagan made strong championship bids, but both came up short in the end. Beckman finished second and Hagan, winner of the two previous NHRA events, finished third in the final season standings.

“I’ve never won in Funny Car at Pomona,” said Beckman. “If you win at the Winternationals (in February), the rest of the year is going to be okay because you’ve already won something, but if you do it in the finals (at the end of the year), your off-season is fantastic. My Infinite Hero Foundation guys have given me such a great race car lately. I stumbled a couple of times, and I don’t want to ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ myself in the off-season. We finished solidly in second, capped off the year with a win. We have a phenomenal Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and things are awesome right now. I’m feeling on top of the world.”

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Beckman Closes 2019 with Funny Car Victory

POMONA, CA – Jack Beckman closed the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season by racing the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to his second victory of the year at the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

The win for Beckman, his 30th career Funny Car triumph, concluded a season where DSR clinched 11 Funny Car victories in the 24-race NHRA campaign.

Beckman and Funny Car teammate Matt Hagan made strong championship bids, with both drivers entering the race weekend within striking distance of picking up the 2019 title. The two former world champions started race day needing to advance two rounds beyond eventual champion Robert Hight, but both came up short in the end. Beckman finished second and Hagan, winner of the two previous NHRA events, finished third in the final standings.

Beckman opened the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff with a victory in the MOPAR Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil in Reading, Pa. and was in contention throughout. He advanced to the final in Charlotte and established new track records in Las Vegas en route to a semifinal finish before this weekend’s final in Pomona.

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