BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 7, 2013) – More honors arrived this week for reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown.
On Wednesday, Antron was announced as the 2012 Drag Racer of the Year by RACER magazine and Racer.com.
The day before, Antron was one of three championship racers honored by the Indiana Legislature and Gov. Mike Pence at the Statehouse in Downtown Indianapolis during Indiana Motorsports Day organized by the Indiana Motorsports Caucus.
“Yes, it was a very big week,” said Antron, who turned 37 last Friday. “It was such an honor to be at the Statehouse, and to see how much motorsports is appreciated and is such a big part of our state, and very special to meet our governor. Then being recognized by RACER; those are things I never expected to happen to me when I started racing.”
RACER editor David Malsher added, “My favorite stat about Antron Brown is that he’s the only NHRA race winner on both Pro Stock Motorcycles and Top Fuel, a record he established back in his debut Top Fuel season of 2008. Since then, his career has just skyrocketed, and 2012 was the third time in four years that he ended a season with six wins.
“Consistent excellence like that had to bring its reward eventually, and so when he clinched the NHRA Top Fuel title last November, there probably couldn’t have been a more popular winner. I’m thrilled that the RACER readers – who voted in record numbers this year – have brought this proud but modest man of immodest talent yet another accolade.”
The unpretentious Antron quickly shifted focus to his Matco Tools team at Don Schumacher Racing.
“This award makes you sit back and reflect about all the things we’ve gone through on our team,” he said. “Being the driver, everyone says your name and that’s the one on the car, and they talk about how you did this or that, but actually these are team awards. When you look at all our guys together including the ones back at DSR, that’s who Antron Brown is.
“So when people say my name I think about all the people who work with me on the car and others back at DSR. This is a tribute to what we have accomplished together as a team. Thank you to all RACER readers.”
At the Indiana Statehouse in Downtown Indianapolis, Antron was joined by NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Eddie Krawiec, both Indy-area residents, and veteran Scott Pruitt, the Grand Am Road Racing champion.
“We are proud to honor Indiana race teams for their achievements,” Pence said. “Winning performances on the track are not only a Hoosier tradition, but an industry and culture that help drive the Hoosier economic engine. Racing companies continue to find that Indiana’s pro-growth policies and central location perform for their business, making our state the ideal home to start their engines."
Antron presented the governor with an NHRA “Wally” trophy that was engraved with “From one champion to another.” The governor immediately placed it on the mantel above his office’s fireplace.
“I feel very fortunate and blessed to be honored by our state. It’s a great, great honor.
“I’ve lived around Brownsburg and now in Pittsboro where Billie Jo and I are raising our kids. I grew up in New Jersey, but Indiana has become my home.
“Brownsburg is the hub of NHRA professional drag racing and home for our Don Schumacher Racing organization.
“Being recognized by the Indiana Legislature for being the NHRA Top Fuel world champion is very special to me, my family and our Matco Tools team.”
- 2012 NHRA TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION -
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