Tony Schumacher // U.S. Army DSR Top Fuel Dragster

Tony Schumacher // U.S. Army DSR Top Fuel Dragster }}

TONY SCHUMACHER
U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster

ABOUT TONY

• Residence: Austin, Texas
• Hometown: Chicago
• Date of Birth: Dec. 25, 1969
• Wife: Cara
• Children: Anthony, Michael, Jacqueline
• Height/weight: 5-foot-8, 158 pounds
• Hobbies: Hockey, fly-fishing, golf, racquetball, flying radio-controlled helicopters, kick boxing and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle

• On the Internet: twitter.com/ARMYRACING, facebook.com/TonySchumacherTF, GoArmy.com, ShoeRacing.com

 

RACING

• Category: Top Fuel Dragster
• Sponsor: U.S. Army
• Team owner: Don Schumacher Racing
• Crew chief: Mike Green
• NHRA series championships: 8
• NHRA event titles: 78
• NHRA final rounds: 130
• NHRA No. 1 qualifying positions: 77

• First to reach 330 mph at 1,000 feet (330.30 mph, Charlotte, 2012) and quarter-mile (330.23 mph, Phoenix, 1999)

• Career-best elapsed time: 3.720 seconds
• Career-best speed: 330.55 mph

 

NOTABLE

• Won eighth Top Fuel world championship in 2014 and second with crew chief Mike Green

• Won six consecutive championships (2004-2009)
• One of three drag racers to earn prestigious Driver of the Year Award (2008) when he won 15 of 18 championship-round appearances during the 24-race season
• Has won a record nine U.S. Nationals Top Fuel titles
• Son of drag racing pioneer and DSR owner Don Schumacher

 

MILESTONES

• Most Top Fuel championships: 8
• Most consecutive Top Fuel championships 6 (2004-09)
• Most Top Fuel event titles: 77
• Most event titles in a season: 15 (2008), tied an NHRA professional record
• Most consecutive championship rounds: 11 (2008)
• Most championship rounds: 18 (2008)
• Most elimination round wins: 76 (90 percent, 2008)

 

U.S. Army team drives Tony to eighth world championship

Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army team led by crew chief Mike Green registered Don Schumacher Racing’s 13th NHRA world championship in 2014 and won the Army’s eighth by dominating the NHRA Countdown to the Championship six-race playoff in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Tony and the team won three of the playoff titles and were finalists in another to jump from fourth to start to Countdown to clinching drag racing’s ultimate prize with one day left in the season.

The championship run started uniquely at the Texas Motorplex when Tony won two event titles at the same race. He started on Saturday (Sept. 20) by winning the delayed completion of the previous event near Charlotte that was rained out, and the next day returned to the winner’s circle to claim the NHRA Wally trophy from Dallas event.

“Early on in the Countdown, winning the first two races, having so much success, that kind of broke everyone’s back,” said Tony, who finished the year with five titles including the fourth in the Countdown.

It also made NHRA history as the first enclosed canopy dragster to win the world championship, and Green was the cornerstone of helping DSR take safety into the 21st century with owner Don Schumacher and assistant crew chief Neal Strausbaugh.

“That’s a pretty awesome thing,” Green said. “We believe we build the safest car out here and Don always said he wants to build the safest car but it has to perform. This proves we can build the safest car and still win the championship.”

The day after Tony clinched the title at Pomona, DSR teammate Matt Hagan won the Funny Car world championship to mark the second time in three years that DSR swept both nitro championships in the same year.

The remarkable season came a year after 2013 when the Army team finished seventh in the championship race after finishing second in points to DSR teammate Antron Brown  in 2012 that came down the last run of the season.

MIRACLE AT POMONA

In 2006, Tony rallied from a 336-point deficit to take the championship in the final round of the season the year before the six-event Countdown to the Championship was instituted. He not only had to win the final round but set an NHRA national elapsed time record in the process. He did both.

The year after that, Tony had to win the last event title of the year and he did.

TONY UNDER GLASS

DSR and the Army team made a major contribution to the sport in 2012 unveiled a new safety canopy late in August that propelled Top Fuel drag racing firmly into the 21st century.

The canopy was developed by Green, DSR, James Brendel and Indianapolis-based Aerodine Composites Group.

The canopy protects the driver with a hydraulic, fighter jet-type canopy that includes sides and rear made of a combination of Kevlar and carbon fiber that slips over of an existing chassis.

The module is reinforced for further side protection. The canopy can be quickly released inside by the driver or at the rear by crew or safety workers. The canopy also carries a fire suppression system and fresh-air breathing system similar to those used in Funny Cars.

FIRST TO 330 - TWICE

Tony became the first NHRA racer to reach 330 mph since the sanctioning body shortened the racing distance from 1,320 feet to 1,000 feet with a speed of 330.30 mph near Charlotte, N.C., early in 2012.

He also is the first to reach 330 mph over 1,320 feet when he went 330.23 mph in 1999 near Phoenix.

EARLY RACING, JETS

Tony’s entry into drag racing was in a 160-mph Super Comp dragster in 1992, but it didn’t take long for him move up to something much faster. In 1993-94, Tony drove the 290-mph Odyssey Jet Dragster owned by Wayne Knuth, and graduated to a Top Alcohol Funny Car in 1995-96.

In 1996, he drove in four NHRA Top Fuel events and was runner-up at the first one, the prestigious the U.S. Nationals.

EDUCATION

Tony attended Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. He later attended Oakton Community College before majoring in marketing and business administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

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U.S. Army DSR Top Fuel Dragster Crew

  • Mike Green Mike Green Crew Chief
  • Neal Strausbaugh Neal Strausbaugh Assistant Crew Chief
  • Ryan McGilvry Ryan McGilvry Mechanic
  • Tom Turkal Tom Turkal Mechanic
  • Mike Vendely Mike Vendely Mechanic
  • Mark Warnick Mark Warnick Mechanic
  • Wes Barber Wes Barber Mechanic
  • Mark Ellis Mark Ellis Mechanic

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Current NHRA Rank

1st Place   (474 Points)

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