DSR Chicago Qualifying Report

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Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Event 9 of 24 (Chicago)
Route 66 Raceway
Joliet, Ill.
May 31 – June 2, 2019

DSR Chicago Saturday Highlights:

  • The entire Don Schumacher Racing contingent will start race day at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals from the top half of the Top Fuel and Funny Car fields
  • Antron Brown blasted to the quickest pass of the final Top Fuel qualifying session to add three more bonus points to his total of five
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. was the only Funny Car pilot to crack into the three-second range during Q3
  • After running low E.T. during the third session, Johnson returned and made the second-quickest pass during Q4


Driver Information:
Funny Car:

Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 2 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 15 Paul Lee

The Results:
Q1: 3.951 E.T. at 323.04 MPH (One bonus point for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 7.265 E.T. at 85.34 MPH
Q3: 3.933 E.T. at 323.81 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.882 E.T. at 326.24 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)

Bonus Points: Six

“I’m super excited about Q3. Those were conditions where nobody was getting down the track, and we set low E.T. but I’m almost more excited about tonight’s run. We’ve struggled with night qualifying and to come out here in conditions like that and go No. 2 with similar conditions to what we’ll see tomorrow was awesome. We’ve been to the final here a few times so, tomorrow if we can continue to run like that, we should maybe get another one.”

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.

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