Don Schumacher Racing
Sparkling Ice Spiked® to be featured as Pruett’s primary partner at Pomona 1 and Bristol NHRA Events
BROWNSBURG, IN – Leah Pruett and Don Schumacher Racing are pleased to announce the Sparkling Ice® brand has expanded its ongoing relationship with Pruett and drag racing’s winningest organization to include the primary sponsorship of Pruett’s Top Fuel dragster at two events during the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Sparkling Ice Spiked® hard seltzer branding will prominently flank the sides of Pruett’s 11,000-horsepower machine at the rescheduled NHRA Winternationals (Pomona 1), the final leg of the three-race Western Swing, and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., the fifth of seven Countdown to the Championship events.
Sparkling Ice Spiked is a full-flavored hard seltzer made with 4% alcohol, zero sugar, 1g carbs, and is gluten-free and only 80 calories. The brand launched in November 2020 and part of the launch has included a marketing campaign which featured Pruett as a brand ambassador. Pruett, who has enjoyed the Sparkling Ice brand’s support since 2015, was selected to be the first Sparkling Ice Spiked representative, and the 2021 Top Fuel championship-contender couldn’t be more thrilled.
Sonoma, CA – DSR Elimination Highlights:
– Leah Pruett and Matt Hagan raced to a runner-up finish on Sunday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals
– As the Denver event champ, Hagan has now been to two consecutive final rounds, and three overall in 2021
– Pruett’s runner-up finish allowed her to move up three spots into fifth in the Top Fuel point rankings
– Antron Brown and Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Ron Capps advanced to the semifinalsBrown has now visited the semifinals or beyond sixth times through the first nine races of the season, and Capps’ has advanced to the semis or beyond four times in the last five events
– All four DSR Camping World Series drivers are ranked in the ‘top five’ heading into Pomona, the final leg of the three-race Western Swing
SONOMA, CA – Ron Capps will begin his campaign for a fifth Sonoma Raceway Wally trophy by starting from the No. 1 seed on Sunday morning at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. He earned his third pole of the season on the strength of his impressive 3.897-second at 328.78-mph Q1 pass, which allowed him to bank three bonus points for clocking the quickest run of the session. He went on to collect another three bonus points during Q2 on Saturday afternoon when he took his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat on a stout 3.981-second ride.
“These yellow Camping World Series hats are awesome and we’re racking them up this year with great qualifying positions,” said Capps of his 2021 class-best qualifying average which has seen him earn a starting position of fifth or better through the first nine races of the season. “That’s all race car. That’s Guido (Dean Antonelli), and (John) Medlen and our whole NAPA AutoCare team.”
While they haven’t hoisted a trophy yet this year, Capps and the NAPA team have advanced to the semifinals or better at three out of the last four races, and feel confident that they can go the distance on Sunday in Sonoma and finish their weekend in the winner’s circle.
SONOMA, CA – Ron Capps rocketed to the top of the timing sheet on Friday night when he laid down an impressive 3.897-second at 328.78-mph blast aboard the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to earn the provisional pole at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Capps and the Dean ‘Guido’ Antonelli/John Medlen-led team have been dominant during qualifying throughout the first eight events of 2021, having successfully earned a ‘top five’ qualifying position, including two poles, at each Camping World Series event contested thus far. With his Friday night Q1 run under the Sonoma Raceway lights, Capps appears to be on track to continue with his trend of starting race day from the quick half of the field.
“We’ve qualified in the top five at every race this year, and that’s pretty stout,” said Capps, a native of San Luis Obispo, Calif. who upstaged a field of 19 cars to earn the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot. “No, we haven’t gotten a Wally trophy yet, but it’s coming. We’re a win waiting to happen. I’m just lucky I get to drive this race car. I get to go up to the starting line, stand on the gas, and, knowing it’s going to be one of the fastest qualified cars almost every time, it’s a major confidence boost.”
Capps, a four-time Sonoma Nationals event winner, couldn’t think of a better place to pick up his first victory of the season than at Sonoma Raceway, a venue he considers a home track, and also one that holds a special place in his heart.
Sonoma, CA – Sonoma Nationals, Noteworthy:
– NHRA Camping World Series Funny Car champion Matt Hagan enters the race weekend fresh off of a win from the pole at the Mile-High Nationals
– By winning Denver, Hagan has the unique opportunity to ‘sweep the Swing’ for the first time in his career. Hagan’s Denver win was his first victory at that track, and in order to have a shot at winning the 2021 trio of Western Swing races, he’ll have to accomplish that same feat this weekend – breaking through for a first Sonoma triumph
– No. 3 ranked Hagan finished as the event runner-up the last time the NHRA visited Sonoma (2019)
– Ron Capps has advanced to the semifinals or better at three out of the last four events
– Capps has a stellar 2021 qualifying record, having qualified fifth or better (including two poles) through the first eight races
– As a native of central California’s San Luis Obispo, Capps considers Sonoma Raceway to be a hometown track
– The Sonoma Nationals marks No. 2 ranked Antron Brown’s 450th NHRA national event
– Leah Pruett owns the Sonoma Raceway E.T. record, achieved when she powered to a 3.669 E.T. during qualifying in 2017
Hagan wins Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil
MORRISON, CO – After more than a decade of attempts to conquer ‘thunder mountain,’ defending NHRA Camping World Series Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan finally hoisted the Wally trophy at Bandimere Speedway on Sunday. Starting from the pole for the second time this season and 42nd time of his career, Hagan powered his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye through eliminations to break through for his first coveted victory at the picturesque Morrison, Colo. venue which sits a mile above sea level. The triumph was his first of the 2021 season, the 37th of his career, and national event win No. 360 for Don Schumacher Racing, the winningest team in NHRA history.
“Man, I tell you, this mountain has chewed me up and spit me out several years in a row, and I’m just so glad to pull that win down for Dodge and SRT, and to do it behind the wheel of the Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Car in front of so many passionate Dodge and Mopar fans,” said Hagan whose last win came at the 2020 season-finale, the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas, where he secured his third NHRA Funny Car series title.
MORRISON, CO – 2020 NHRA Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan will start from the pole for the 42nd time in his career on Sunday at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Hagan qualified the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye No. 1 on the strength of his blistering 3.966-second at 319.22-mph Friday night Q1 pass.
As a three-time Funny Car world champ, Hagan has crossed many items off of his racing bucket list, but one, in particular, has continued to elude him since he started racing professionally in 2008 – winning the Mile-High Nationals. Hagan is hopeful his No. 1 seed and lane choice advantage will help carry him to his first Bandimere Speedway triumph, and first victory of the 2021 season. Based on his impressive qualifying performance, he appears to be in prime position to close out race day at ‘thunder mountain’ with the Denver hardware in hand.
After earning three bonus points on Friday night for powering to the quickest run of the round, Hagan and the Dickie Venables-led Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat team unloaded with another stout run during Q2 on Saturday, recording a 4.007 E.T. which rewarded the 36-time race winner with another three bonus points for clocking the best run of the session.