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Tony Schumacher Scores Seventh Bristol Win, 87th Overall Aboard Waltrip Brewing Co./Leatherwood Distillery Top Fuel Dragster

BRISTOL, TN – One week after coming up second in the NHRA New England Nationals final round, eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher found redemption by beating defending world champion Doug Kalitta on Sunday afternoon at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals to score his 87th national event victory. Sporting a new Waltrip Brewing Co./Leatherwood Distillery look on his Top Fuel dragster, Schumacher crossed the Bristol Dragway finish line stripe ahead of Kalitta in an Epping, New Hampshire final-round rematch to take the honors of hoisting his first Wally trophy of the season. The momentous victory was No. 9 for the JCM Racing organization and moved Schumacher up three spots in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series point standings from eighth to fifth.

Before the on-track action started, Schumacher and the JCM Racing team celebrated the unveiling of the co-branded dragster at a special event at the Waltrip Brewing Co. taproom in downtown Bristol. Team owner Joe Maynard is an equity owner in the premium brewing company founded by NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip. Schumacher will banner the co-branded Waltrip Brewing Co./Leatherwood Distillery paint scheme once again when the Mission Foods Series returns to zMAX Dragway near Charlotte in September for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Continue reading

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Joe C. Maynard Named Fire Department Coffee Community Hero of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

BRISTOL, TN – On Saturday during the third round of qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Joe C. Maynard, driver of the JCM Racing/Leatherwood Distillery A/Fuel Dragster, was recognized by NHRA as Fire Department Coffee’s Community Hero of the event.

At each stop along the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series tour, Fire Department Coffee recognizes and honors a deserving service member, veteran, first responder, or exceptional citizen as the Fire Department Coffee Community Hero. Before becoming involved in NHRA Drag Racing with his family in 2021, Maynard, son of JCM Racing team owner Joe E. Maynard, served as a member of the U.S. Army for 20 years. The former Chief Warrant Officer Four did eight combat tours where he manned the controls of various military helicopters, performing combat maneuvers as a Black Hawk pilot. His exceptional aviation skills led to his being promoted to an instructor pilot role in addition to receiving multiple air medals throughout his time spent in service. Continue reading

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Tony Schumacher Bounces Back with Runner-Up Finish at NHRA New England Nationals

EPPING, NH – Racing for a third New England Dragway event victory, Tony Schumacher came up one win-light short in a final-round battle between two of the winningest drivers in Top Fuel history Sunday afternoon at the NHRA New England Nationals. The driver of the Leatherwood Distillery dragster powered to a runner-up finish to Doug Kalitta in the duo’s 95th head-to-head meeting. The late-round finish helped Schumacher move up two spots to eighth in the point standings at the seventh race on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series tour.

The eight-time world champ admittedly struggled through four rounds of qualifying. He was up in smoke early on the first two attempts on Friday. Tire haze affected the third run on Saturday, but Schumacher still pulled out a 4.077 E.T. at 232.35 MPH before smoking the tires again early in the final session. Without a run in the critical 3-second zone in qualifying, Schumacher went into eliminations as the No. 14 qualifier paired up with the No. 3 qualifier, fellow world champion Brittany Force.

Competing in front of a sold-out crowd on Sunday, Schumacher and Force both went into tire smoke in their first-round match. The Leatherwood Distillery dragster recovered first and posted a 4.170 E.T. at 254.95 MPH to get the win over Force and her 4.314 E.T. Co-crew chiefs Mike Neff and Jon Schaffer found the performance they were looking for in the second round, where Schumacher streaked to a 3.88-second pass at 323.19 MPH for the round win over Josh Hart, who smoked the tires. Continue reading

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Ida Zetterström Announces 2024 NHRA Schedule and Crew Chief, Expands Relationship with Dodge

Zetterström to Compete in Eight 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Series Events Under the Tuning Direction of Jon Schaffer

BROWNSBURG, IN – The JCM Racing team has announced that 2023 FIA Top Fuel champion Ida Zetterström will make her NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series debut at Brainerd International Raceway, Aug. 16 – 18, in Brainerd, Minnesota. Aboard the JCM/VP Racing/Edelbrock/CompCams Top Fuel dragster, Zetterström will stage a 12,000-horsepower machine in competition for the first time in the U.S. when qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals kicks off on Friday, Aug. 16.

“I’m so excited to share that I’ll finally be hitting the track at Brainerd and will be competing alongside my teammate, Tony Schumacher, in the final eight of 20 races on the schedule this year,” said the Swedish-born racer who relocated to the Indianapolis area in January to be near JCM Racing’s Brownsburg, Indiana headquarters. “I’ve been champing at the bit to share my first race date, but we wanted to wait until we had it completely buttoned up first.

“Fans have been asking what’s taking so long for me to get on the track, but the reality is, it takes a while to assemble a new operation. I didn’t move to the U.S. and hop into the driving role of a team and operation that already existed. Instead, we’re building this team from scratch and there’s a lot that goes into that. In addition to building a car and figuring out a crew, we have to stock our parts inventory, trucks and trailers need to be purchased and outfitted as fully stocked race rigs, wraps need to be designed, approved, and installed. The list goes on and on, but I’m so glad that we finally have that Brainerd date confirmed because now the countdown is on – 86 days!” Continue reading

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Tony Schumacher Honored Late Father with ‘Don Schumacher’ Tribute Car in Chicago

JOLIET, IL – A meaningful weekend at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway came to an end in the first round Sunday for eight-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher. The Chicagoland native turned Austin, Texas, transplant paid tribute to his late father, iconic team owner and former driver Don Schumacher, with a special livery on his JCM Racing Top Fuel dragster. It was Schumacher’s first time back at the family’s home track since his father passed in December following a hard-fought cancer battle.

Before on-track action began on Friday, Schumacher unveiled the special JCM Racing ‘Don Schumacher’ tribute dragster during a Celebration of Life ceremony hosted by the Schumacher family. The livery paid homage to the 1970 Plymouth Funny Car the elder Schumacher piloted when he won the NHRA U.S. Nationals that same year.

In the first qualifying session, Schumacher just missed out on bonus points when he posted a 3.855 E.T. at 324.83 MPH to go straight to the No. 4 spot. Schumacher and co-crew chiefs Mike Neff and Jon Schaffer stepped up to a 3.779 E.T. at 328.22 MPH in the favorable conditions that Friday evening’s second session presented. He struggled to get down the track in the hot conditions during Saturday’s two qualifying sessions, but the 3.779-second effort from Friday put Schumacher in the No. 8 position on the final qualifying order. Continue reading

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Tony Schumacher Out Early After Jam-Packed Four-Wide Weekend in Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – Driving the Okuma Top Fuel dragster for the second consecutive event, Tony Schumacher was looking to finally clinch that elusive first four-wide Wally trophy in Okuma America Corporation’s backyard on Sunday at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte.

Schumacher began race day at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals from the No. 13 position after traction issues plagued the team during day one of qualifying. Starting from the bump spot in sixteenth on Saturday, crew chiefs Mike “Zippy” Neff and Jon “LJ” Schaffer tuned the JCM Racing Okuma rail to a 3.809-second pass at 325.30 MPH during the third qualifying round to move Schumacher up to the No. 15 spot. The team returned to the starting line for Q4 and closed out qualifying with another solid pass, posting a 3.766 E.T. at 320.89 MPH – their quickest of the weekend – to move Schumacher up another two positions to secure the 13th seed.

Facing No. 4 qualifier Clay Millican, No. 5 qualifier Billy Torrence, and No. 12 qualifier Josh Hart in round one of eliminations, Schumacher gave it a good effort, posting a 3.770 E.T. at 328.38, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with Millican and Torrence, who advanced with 3.705 and 3.725 E.T.s, respectively. Continue reading

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Joe Maynard, JCM Racing Announce Partnership with Michael Waltrip Brewing Co.

BROWNSBURG, IN – JCM Racing team owner and serial entrepreneur Joe Maynard recently became an equity owner in Michael Waltrip Brewing Co., the premium brewing company founded by NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip. As part of this newly formed alliance, Michael Waltrip Brewing Co. will have a more prominent place aboard the JCM Racing Top Fuel machines piloted by NHRA icon Tony Schumacher and European champion Ida Zetterström, who is slated to make her NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series start later this summer.

Fans of eight-time Top Fuel world champion Schumacher may have already glimpsed the Michael Waltrip Brewing Co. logo on his Leatherwood Distillery Top Fuel dragster this season, a small indicator of what’s to come for the two brands.

“I thrive on forging strategic alliances that elevate brands in ways that will create something greater than any one brand can achieve on its own. This is an opportunity for us to bring the race team, the brewery, and Leatherwood Distillery all together,” remarked Maynard. “We want to utilize the JCM Racing team as a marketing vehicle to drive interest in both brands.” Continue reading

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Tony Schumacher to be Inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Class of 2025, Joins Late Father, 2019 Inductee Don Schumacher

BROWNSBURG, IN – Tony Schumacher, the winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA Drag Racing history, will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s (MSHFA) class of 2025, it was announced today. He is one of seven motorsports icons who will receive the prestigious honor reserved for individuals who are regarded as game-changing performers in the world of American motorsports.

Fellow inductees into the MSHFA Class of 2025 include Carl Haas, Dale Jarrett, Skip Barber, Miguel Duhamel, Ed Iskenderian, and Bill Stroppe. The esteemed group will take their place in history among some of the greatest names in motorsports at an induction ceremony scheduled to take place in Daytona, Florida in March of next year.

Schumacher’s induction into the MSHFA has significant meaning as this same distinction was bestowed on his father, Don Schumacher, in 2019. The elder Schumacher lost his battle with lung cancer in December of 2023, and his only son is proud to carry on the family legacy. Continue reading

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Tony Schumacher Looks Ahead to Charlotte for First Four-Wide Win

LAS VEGAS – With eight world championships and 86 national event wins, Tony Schumacher is the most successful driver in NHRA Top Fuel history, but despite checking nearly every box on the drag racing list of accomplishments, he has yet to hoist a four-wide Wally trophy. He’s come close, finishing as the runner-up in 2012 and 2017 in Charlotte, N.C. as well as recording a runner-up finish at the 2018 Las Vegas NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Aboard the Okuma Top Fuel dragster, Schumacher was hoping this weekend’s visit to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway would be the event where his four-wide luck would change, but a first-round loss halted his shot at picking up a first four-wide win.

Starting from the No. 2 seed for the second time in three events, Schumacher drew No. 7 qualifier Shawn Reed, No. 10 qualifier Justin Ashley, and No. 15 qualifier Terry Totten as his first-round competitors. Schumacher was second off of the starting line and on a good run before his machine started to spin the tires near the top end, slowing to a 4.109 E.T. while Ashley and Totten posted a 3.777 and 3.911, respectively, to advance into the next round. Continue reading

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Tony Schumacher Makes Impressive Run in Leatherwood Distillery/RAC Financial Top Fueler But Comes Up Short at NHRA Arizona Nationals

CHANDLER, AZ – Driving the Leatherwood Distillery/RAC Financial Top Fuel dragster, Tony Schumacher posted the best run of Sunday’s opening elimination round at Firebird Motorsports Park yet found himself on the wrong side of a close drag race.

Before he made a run at the Sunday hardware, Schumacher had already scored one win earlier in the weekend. On Saturday afternoon during the second round of qualifying for the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Schumacher clinched his first victory of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season when he defeated Brittany Force to win the Phoenix edition of the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Top Fuel Challenge.

After collecting his first trophy of the weekend, Schumacher then faced his former teammate Justin Ashley in the weather-delayed running of the NHRA Winternationals final round during Q3. Hoping to go two-for-two, Schumacher gave it a good run, recording a 3.772 E.T. to Ashley’s slower 3.802-second run, but his opponent’s starting line advantage propelled him across the finish line stripe first.

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