DSR Indianapolis Pre-Race Report

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NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019


Highlights:

  • 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
  • Pritchett drove from the pole to her career-first FS/XX triumph at the 2018 event; Pawuk recorded a runner-up finish
  • Team patriarch Don Schumacher raced his Funny Car to the winner’s circle at the 1970 event
  • All DSR drivers have clinched a berth in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship and will be jockeying for final playoff starting positions
  • Hometown event for DSR which is headquartered two miles away from the famed Indy dragstrip
    Note:
    DSR is hosting its annual Open House to benefit Riley Children’s Foundation, this Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 1681 E. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg. The Open House will feature a driver autograph session, car show, food trucks, and a silent auction. To bid on Open House auction items, please visit: https://e.givesmart.com/events/dD4/

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.799 seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 338.77 mph, Hagan (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Riley Kids Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Indianapolis Event Highlights:

  • 2002 event runner-up
  • Two-time No. 1 (1999-2000)
    2018 Indianapolis Recap:
    Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Ron Capps in E1, Tim Wilkerson in E2; defeated by J.R. Todd in E3)

Last Event (Brainerd):
Qualified fifth; Event runner-up (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1, Robert Hight in E2, Matt Hagan in E3; defeated by Ron Capps in E4)

2019 Season Statistics:
29 round wins; ranked second in points

Career Statistics:
463 races; 19 wins (two Top Fuel); 18 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:

  • Since 2014, the Doug Chandler-funded Make-A-Wish Dodge has donned a special Riley Kids livery during the annual Indy event as a way to bring exposure to the locally-based Riley Hospital for Children
  • As a resident of nearby Avon, Ind., Johnson considers Indianapolis to be a hometown event
  • Secured his first Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier at Indianapolis in 2000

Quotable:
“Really looking forward to Indy; it’s the biggest drag race of them all and the one you want to win. Right now, the way our car is running, coming off that runner-up in Brainerd and seeing the way our new chassis is performing, I’d say this year we have our best shot at taking home the Indy crown.

“I’m especially looking forward to Friday night; we’ll be the last pair to run, and we’re going for that No. 1 spot. We’ll see if we can’t put together a strong weekend and finish off our regular season on a really good note. We have a competitive car that’s capable of winning the race.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

FULL DSR ARTICLE HERE


DSR Brainerd Post-Race Recap

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NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019


DSR Brainerd Elimination Highlights:

  • Don Schumacher Racing doubles-up in Brainerd
    • Leah Pritchett – Top Fuel (eighth career win; first of 2019)
    • Ron Capps – Funny Car (64th career win; third of 2019)
  • The final round featured an all-DSR Funny Car battle (Capps vs. Tommy Johnson Jr.)
  • Pritchett clinched a Countdown to the Championship playoff berth, ensuring all DSR drivers will contend for a 2019 title
  • Johnson’s run to the final allowed him to advance to second in the Funny Car standings
  • Capps and Jack Beckman maintain ‘top five’ rankings
  • DSR extends overall win tally to 341 triumphs

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 5 (3.926 E.T. at 318.54 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.944 E.T. at 320.20 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 4.519 E.T. at 191.87 MPH
E2: 3.910 E.T. at 323.50 MPH defeated Robert Hight 6.034 E.T. at 115.21 MPH
E3: 3.930 E.T. at 324.59 MPH defeated Matt Hagan 3.932 E.T. at 326.08 MPH
E4: 3.947 E.T. at 319.98 MPH defeated by Ron Capps 3.946 E.T. at 324.28 MPH

Race Recap:
Johnson continued proving he is going to be a factor in the 2019 Funny Car championship chase Sunday with his runner-up finish, which moved him up to second in the standings. Johnson raced the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car from the fifth position on the ladder and was victorious over Tim Wilkerson in the first round and followed that by defeating Robert Hight in the quarterfinals with his best run of the day at 3.910 seconds.

In the semifinal, he squared off with No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan and used a tremendous light, a 0.031 reaction time, and lap of 3.930 seconds to keep his run for a second Brainerd triumph alive as he reached his 50th career Funny Car final and seventh in Brainerd. In the final, Capps had the starting line advantage, and Johnson couldn’t recover despite making a run of 3.947 compared to the winner’s pass of 3.946, and for the fourth time in the last five years, Johnson finished as the runner-up in Brainerd.

Quotable:
“We had a big points day for the team and have a really good running Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. I just made a rookie mistake there in the final. A mistake that I shouldn’t have made, but all in all it was a good day. To be able to win the rounds we did and get to another final just builds confidence for this team. We have a lot of momentum going into Indy, and I’m ready.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1650*
2. Brittany Force – 1015*
3. Doug Kalitta – 1013*
4. Clay Millican – 1009*
5. Antron Brown – 998*
6. Mike Salinas – 986*
7. Leah Pritchett – 903*
8. Austin Prock – 826
9. Richie Crampton – 785
10. Terry McMillen- 708

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1397*
2. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1218*
3. John Force – 1199*
4. Ron Capps – 1171*
5. Jack Beckman – 1098*
6. Matt Hagan – 1047*
7. Bob Tasca III – 1038*
8. J.R. Todd – 981*
9. Shawn Langdon – 914*
10. Tim Wilkerson – 824


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.
READ FULL DSR ARTICLE HERE


DSR Brainerd Qualifying Report

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NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019

DSR Brainerd Saturday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan will start from the top of the Funny Car field for the 35th time of his career
  • The entire DSR Funny Car contingent earned top-half qualifying positions, with defending event champion Jack Beckman occupying the No. 2 spot
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel duo and will start race day from fourth
  • Antron Brown and Hagan’s qualifying performances helped them to clinch berths into the NHRA Countdown to the Championship

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 12 Tim Wilkerson

The Results:
Q1: 3.995 E.T. at 316.52 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.041 E.T. at 295.34 MPH
Q3: 3.956 E.T. at 320.43 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.926 E.T. at 318.54 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Seven

Quotable:
“We had a brand-new car coming into this race. Too bad we had a little bit of the ‘new car blues’ during the night qualifying session because I think we would’ve had a shot at No. 1, but we had a solid comeback today. We made two really good runs in the heat. It’s unfortunate the weather isn’t forecast to be this way tomorrow, so I hope the weatherman is wrong.”


DSR Brainerd Friday Qualifying Report
DSR Brainerd Friday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan sits in the provisional No. 1 spot after recording the only sub-3.9-second Funny Car pass on Friday
  • Hagan’s MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was quick and consistent during both qualifying sessions, earning bonus points each time
  • Jack Beckman’s 3.908-second run has him seeded second heading into day two of qualifying
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel tandem after posting the third-quickest run of the day

Q1: 3.995 E.T. at 316.52 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.041 E.T. at 295.34 MPH

Bonus Points: Two

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 10


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

READ FULL DSR QUALIFYING REPORT HERE


DSR Brainerd Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019


Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • The 2018 Brainerd Funny Car final marked the first time the Chandler family’s ‘giving cars,’ piloted by Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., went head-to-head in the finals
  • Antron Brown has been to the Brainerd final round the past three years, earning a runner-up finish in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Johnson has competed in the final round three out of the last four years, finishing as the runner-up in 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Brown has been victorious in both the Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories in Brainerd
  • Matt Hagan recorded the first 3.8 second Funny Car pass during the 2015 Brainerd event (3.879 seconds)
    Note: Ron Capps will be on-site at the Baxter Walmart store (7295 Glory Rd. S.) today, August 14, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. CT. The Mello Yello Meet & Greet is free and open to the public.

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel E.T.: 3.640 seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Brainerd Event Highlights:

  • 2006 event champion
  • Five-time runner up
    Funny Car (2015, 2017, 2018)
    Top Fuel (1993, 2995)
    2018 Brainerd Recap:
    Qualified fifth; Event runner-up (defeated Del Worsham in E1, Tim Wilkerson in E2, J.R. Todd in E3; defeated by Jack Beckman in E4)

Last Event (Seattle):
Qualified ninth; First round exit (defeated by Jack Beckman in E1)

2019 Season Statistics:
26 round wins; ranked third in points

Career Statistics:
462 races; 19 wins (two Top Fuel); 18 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
The 2018 Funny Car final marked the first time the Chandler family’s ‘giving cars,’ piloted by Beckman and Johnson, went head-to-head in the finals
Has competed in the final round three out of the last four years, finishing as the runner-up in 2015, 2017, 2018

Quotable:
“Brainerd is always a fun race. It’s right before Indy, and everyone’s in the mode where they’re gearing up for Indy so you may try some things at Brainerd to see if you can better your team, and the past few years we’ve had some success doing that. I’ve won a divisional, a Sportsman and a Funny Car trophy there, and I’m hoping to go one step further than last year and leave with my second Brainerd Wally this weekend.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 330 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

READ FULL DSR ARTICLE HERE


DSR Seattle Post-Race Recap

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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Wash.
Aug. 2-4, 2019


DSR Seattle Elimination Highlights:

  • Ron Capps raced to his third final round appearance of the 2019 season; it was the fifth consecutive event where DSR has placed a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in the finals
  • Capps’ run to the final advanced him to fourth in points and allowed him to clinch a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship
  • Jack Beckman’s semifinal finish also helped him secure a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship; Beckman is currently ranked fifth
  • Countdown contender (Sonoma clinch) Tommy Johnson Jr. leads the DSR Funny Car brigade and leaves Seattle ranked third in the championship standings
  • Antron Brown closes out the Western Swing by moving into second in the Top Fuel standings

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 9 (3.919 E.T. at 327.19 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 5.182 E.T. at 141.86 MPH defeated by Jack Beckman 3.937 E.T. at 327.59 MPH

Race Recap:
After opening the Western Swing with a triumph at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Tommy Johnson Jr. was hoping to bookend The Swing with another win on Sunday at Pacific Raceways. Behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Johnson made his best lap of the weekend to close Saturday and set up his seventh 2019 matchup with teammate and fellow Hellcat Funny Car driver, Jack Beckman. Johnson defeated “Fast Jack” in the second round in Denver and was looking to make it two straight. He had a slight advantage at the start, but that lead was short-lived when his machine went up into tire-smoke just after 200 feet. Johnson, who clinched his spot in the Countdown last weekend in Sonoma, is ranked second in the standings with two races remaining before the points are reset for the six-race championship battle.

Quotable:
“Our qualifying position bit us more than anything. It hurt not having lane choice in the first round. The track became a one-lane-track pretty fast during that first round and not having lane choice was definitely a disadvantage. We’ll go home and put a new front-half on this car and go into Brainerd with a fresh car, and get our consistency back, and get back on a high note. I’d grade the swing a B for us, overall, with a win and a semifinal finish. You never like a first-round loss, and if we could have gone some rounds today, it would have been an A.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1587*
2. Antron Brown – 966
3. Clay Millican – 955
4. Brittany Force – 953
5. Doug Kalitta – 940
6. Mike Salinas – 883
7. Leah Pritchett – 786
8t. Richie Crampton – 753
8t. Austin Prock – 753
10. Terry McMillen- 676

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1341*
2. John Force – 1155*
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1117*
4. Ron Capps – 1057*
5. Jack Beckman – 1039*
6. Bob Tasca III – 985*
7. Matt Hagan – 965
8. J.R. Todd – 949
9. Shawn Langdon – 840
10. Tim Wilkerson – 792

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

READ FULL DSR RELEASE HERE