Top Fuel (first event: 1996)
By the Numbers:
Eight world championships
85 national event wins
154 final rounds
88 No. 1 qualifiers
E.T.: 3.649-secs, Phoenix, 2018
Speed: 336.57-mph, Phoenix, 2018
•Winningest Top Fuel driver of all time
• Leads the Top Fuel class in:
o NHRA Camping World Series championships: Eight (1999, 2004-2009, 2014)
o Consecutive Camping World Series championships: Six (2004-2009)
o Event wins: 85 o Event wins in a single season: 15 (2008)
o Consecutive victories in a single season: 7 (2008)
o Round wins: 850 o Round wins in a single season: 76 in 2008 7
o Consecutive round wins in a single season: 31 (2008)
o Final rounds in a single season: 18 (2008)
o Consecutive final rounds: 11 (2008)
o No. 1 qualifiers: 88
o No. 1 qualifiers in a single season: 13 (2006)
• Has won at every track along the current NHRA tour
Track Records (among active venues):
Heartland Park Topeka E.T. record (3.660-secs, 2017)
Virginia Motorsports Park (Richmond) speed record (327.51 mph, 2018)
Bristol Dragway E.T. record (3.745-secs, 2015)
Sons: Anthony and Michael
Height/weight: 5'9", 162 lbs.
Hobbies: Live music, sports, tactical shooting, learning to play the guitar, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Notable: Son of Funny Car pioneer Don Schumacher, owner of Don Schumacher Racing
Tony Schumacher’s decision in the mid-1990s to pursue a career in professional drag racing is what brought his father and legendary Funny Car driver/owner Don Schumacher back to the sport after a 24-year hiatus.
Within two years of starting a Top Fuel team for his son and establishing Don Schumacher Racing, the younger Schumacher won the first of his eight NHRA Top Fuel world championships in 1999.
Schumacher, 48, has gone on to set nearly every record in the category, including most event titles (83), poles (84) and world titles – his eighth and most recent with crew chief Mike Green in 2014.
Schumacher, who lives in Austin, Texas, with his three children, teamed with the U.S. Army in 2000 to begin one of the longest running partnerships in motorsports