DSR Indy 3 Pre-Race Report

DSR Indy 3 Pre-Race Report

Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil
Event No. 5
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
August 8-9, 2020

Highlights:

  • NHRA’s winningest team is approaching 350 victories (currently at 348), and by campaigning cars in two different categories (Top Fuel and Funny Car), achieving that milestone is within reach this weekend
  • At the most recent event (Indy 2), Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan advanced to the Funny Car final round before the race was postponed due to rain. Had the finals run on schedule, DSR would have been ensured a seventh consecutive Funny Car Wally trophy and win No. 349. The finals are rescheduled for the NHRA U.S. Nationals during Labor Day weekend.
  • From his Indy 1 victory, Hagan enters the weekend as the most recent Funny Car race winner, and is looking for his second consecutive Indianapolis victory; he is a two-time No. 1 qualifier in 2020
  • Beckman, the current Funny Car point leader, is looking for his second triumph in 2020 after having raced to the Pomona win, and a runner-up finish in Phoenix. He has been to the final round in three out of the first four events of 2020
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. is seeking his third final round appearance after finishing as the runner-up at Indy 1, and Funny Car event champion in Phoenix
  • A DSR Funny Car has won the last six completed events, dating back to October 2019, and DSR has campaigned a Funny Car in the final round for the past eight races
  • Leah Pruett enters the weekend occupying the No. 2 position on the Top Fuel leaderboard and will be focused on narrowing the gap to the points lead
  • Hometown event for DSR which is headquartered two miles away from the famed Indy dragstrip
  • Home track for Antron Brown and Johnson, who both reside in the greater Indianapolis area
    DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Funny Car, E.T.: 3.799 seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)
    Funny Car, speed: 338.77 mph, Matt Hagan (2017)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Indianapolis Highlights:

  • Two-time runner-up (2002, Indy 1 2020)
  • Three-time No. 1 qualifier (1999-2000, Indy 1 2020)
  • Last Event (Indy 2):
    Qualified No. 2; Semifinal finish (defeated Bob Bode in E1, Cruz Pedregon in E2; defeated by Jack Beckman in E3)

2020 Season Statistics:
One event win; 10 round wins; ranked second in points

Career Statistics:
474 races; 20 wins (two Top Fuel); 19 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
Seeking his third final round appearance of the season after finishing as the runner-up at Indy 1, and Funny Car event champion in Phoenix
As a resident of nearby Avon, Ind., Johnson considers Indianapolis to be a hometown event

Quotable:
“I’m excited to go racing again, and it’s especially nice and convenient to be able to do so here in Indy considering I only live three miles from the race track. We had an extremely successful outing at our first two races back after the hiatus. We were runner-up at Indy 1 and went to the semifinals at Indy 2, and had it not been for a dropped cylinder both times, I think we could’ve picked up a pair of wins. When you have such a great race car like we have right now, you just want to run it as much as possible, and then on top of that, we’ve really become familiar with this track after having so many runs down it these past few weeks. (Crew chiefs) John (Collins) and Rip (Reynolds) and the guys have been working hard at the shop to figure out our issue with dropped cylinders, and if we can cure that, then all things lead to a win. It would be nice to get win No. 2 of the season and take over that points lead from our teammate. It looks like we’re pretty much going to have a three-man-race between Jack (Beckman), Matt (Hagan), and myself. I’m glad we’re in the hunt and now I just want to be at the top of it.”


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Established in 1998 as a single-car Top Fuel team, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) has grown to become the winningest organization in NHRA Drag Racing history. Including team owner Don Schumacher’s five NHRA Funny Car titles from the 1970s, DSR’s current win count stands at 348, and DSR is looking forward to reaching the ‘350 milestone’ early in the 2020 season. DSR owns 17 world championships in three different NHRA categories.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR currently fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology/Toyota dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the Nordic Boats/Revchem Composites/Hawkeye Industries dragster driven by Cory McClenathan, and the Mopar/Pennzoil/Okuma dragster driven by Leah Pruett. 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 two-time series title-holder Matt Hagan, and in 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 MD Anderson Dodge.

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

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