DSR Phoenix Pre-Race Report

DSR Phoenix Pre-Race Report

NHRA Arizona Nationals
Event 2 of 24 (Phoenix)
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Chandler, Ariz.
February 21-23, 2020

Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman enters the NHRA Arizona Nationals as the most recent winner and Funny Car point leader
  • Beckman is looking to extend his win streak to three consecutive victories (currently: Pomona II 2019 and Pomona I 2020)
  • Matt Hagan returns to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as the defending event champion
  • Hagan’s 2019 Phoenix win marked Funny Car victory No. 150 for DSR
  • Hagan was No. 1 qualifier at the previous event and raced to a semifinal finish
  • Leah Pruett’s 2019 Top Fuel runner-up was her third Phoenix final round in four years, having won in 2016 and 2017
  • Pruett’s 2016 victory was her first in Top Fuel
  • All current DSR drivers have been to the Phoenix winner’s circle at least once
  • Funny Car stars Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. both made their professional debuts at Phoenix while competing in Top Fuel (Capps: 1995, Johnson: 1989)
  • Antron Brown earned his Top Fuel license in 2008 at the Phoenix track

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Phoenix Event Highlights:

  • 2006 event champion
  • 2018 runner-up
  • 2017 No. 1 qualifier
    2019 Phoenix Recap:
    Qualified fourth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jim Campbell in E1; defeated by J.R. Todd in E2)

Last Event (Pomona I):
Qualified fourth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1; defeated by John Force in E2)

2020 Season Statistics:
One round win; ranked sixth in points

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

Noteworthy:
Made his professional debut at the 1989 Phoenix event while competing in Top Fuel; The 2020 Arizona Nationals marks Johnson’s 31st ‘nitro-versary’

Quotable:
“We had a really good weekend in Pomona. We didn’t get the results we were looking for, but our MD Anderson Dodge Hellcat ran really well all weekend, with the exception of round two on Sunday. I feel confident. We had a car that was competitive right from the start with that first qualifying run. It was very consistent, and running low E.T. of first-round gives me a lot of confidence going into Phoenix. The Arizona Nationals is a race I enjoy, I’ve won it in the past, and have done well there. Now that all the rust is knocked off for everyone, I’m excited to get going and see if we can add some more round wins and match our teammate Jack (Beckman) by getting a win in Phoenix.”


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 346, 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 six 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, 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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