With 345 national event victories, the owner of Don Schumacher Racing enters 2020 with his sights set on reaching the ‘350’ milestone. Last season, DSR, the winningest team in NHRA history, took home 12 Wally trophies between the two Nitro classes, and campaigned two Dodge Challenger Drag Paks in NHRA’s SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown series.
Since establishing DSR in 1998, Schumacher’s teams have won 17 NHRA world championships (Tony Schumacher 8, Antron Brown 3, Matt Hagan 2, Jack Beckman 1, Ron Capps 1, Gary Scelzi 1, Leah Pruett 1). In 2016, DSR “doubled-up” on world championships for the fourth time as Brown won his second consecutive title in Top Fuel and Capps won his first Funny Car world championship. In 2014, Schumacher’s son, Tony (Top Fuel), and Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat pilot Hagan (Funny Car) won their respective NHRA world championships; in 2012 it was Brown (Top Fuel) and Beckman (Funny Car); and in 2005 it was Schumacher and Scelzi (Funny Car). Pruett won DSR’s first Factory Stock Showdown Series title in 2018 in the team’s first full season competing in the category.
The multi-team owner is one of drag racing’s pioneers in Funny Car and in March 2019, he was enshrined into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. In 2013, he was inducted into the prestigious International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega Motor Speedway. He was one of the fiercest match racers to ever compete in a Funny Car and won five NHRA national events from 1970 to 1973, including the 1970 U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis. In 1974, Schumacher retired from drag racing to develop his family business, Schumacher Electric Corp., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of battery chargers. He returned to NHRA Drag Racing in 1998 as team owner of the Top Fuel dragster driven by his son. A year later, DSR partnered with the U.S. Army as the primary sponsor on Tony’s dragster, which became one of the longest running partnerships after 18 seasons.