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A winning welcome for DonWednesday, March 25, 2015
Posted by: Megan Schumacher, Don Schumacher Racing

Greetings and happy race week, NHRA.com readers!

I can’t believe we are headed to our fourth race of the season already. What a start this DSR team has had!

It’s hard to put into words how great it is to have Don back at the racetrack with us. If you were at the track and saw Don, or even posted on our social media outlets how great it was to have Don back, we really appreciate all of your kind words.

It was a fun and busy weekend at Gainesville that ended with another DSR double-up and we couldn’t have been happier to welcome Don back in such a great way. He was truly humbled through this battle and he is getting stronger every day, so thank you for your continued support!

We head to Charlotte for some NHRA Four-Wide action this weekend. Did you know that only DSR Top Fuel drivers have won more than one title at zMAX Dragway? Yep… Antron returns this weekend as the defending event winner and he won the Top Fuel trophy in the fall race in 2011.

The three other drivers with two Top Fuel trophies all did so with DSR: Spencer Massey (Four-Wide in 2012 and 2013), Tony Schumacher (2008 and 2014 in the fall event) and former DSR driver Cory McClenathan (2009 and 2010 in the fall). You learned something new today!

We’ve all been keeping an eye on that weather forecast for this weekend. It looks like it’s going to be dry but chilly so that should make for some interesting nitro runs. It could be tricky but very fast and I can’t wait to see how we do! You don’t want to miss out this weekend, there is NOTHING like 40,000-horsepower at once.

If you are coming out this weekend, be sure to stop by the Matco Tools/Make-A-Wish hospitality area on Saturday morning between 8-10 a.m. for the annual BRAKES Foundation pancake breakfast. Tickets will be sold at the tent and all of the proceeds go to Doug Herbert’s foundation that teaches teens safe driving. It is so much fun every year. Antron Brown and John Force usually put on a must-see comedy show and there is A LOT of laughter. It’s a great cause and you should come out and support it if you’re in the area!

If you follow me on Twitter @MeganFessSchu you saw that Don won the Casa de Campo Blue Marlin fishing tournament over the weekend. If you know Don, you know how serious he is about his fishing so it was fun to see him back at it.

I’ve been in Chicago all week working at Schumacher Electric and I’m excited to tell you all that in the DSR merchandise trailer at the track this weekend, we will have a new color of Red Fuel charger for sale. It’s pink! You know that makes me excited.

That’s all of the updates I have for now. Our race teams hit the road early this morning to head to zMAX! I hope to see you there this weekend and if not you know you can always tweet me at @MeganFessSchu and follow @Shoeracing for all of the weekend updates.

Thanks for reading!

A successful trip to PhoenixFriday, February 27, 2015
Posted by: Megan Schumacher, Don Schumacher Racing

Greetings everyone!  What a whirlwind the past week has been, but it was full of great things.

First of all, last Friday Don completed his final treatment and is at home resting and recovering until he can get back to the track, which will be soon! I can’t tell you how many people, in and out of our organization, have missed that red shirt on the starting line. It will be a great feeling to have Don back at the track.

We’ve sent him plenty of our positive mojo from our on track performances lately. You come into a new season and there’s always a bit of uncertainty. Actually, every weekend at the race track comes with some uncertainty because things change so quickly in this sport. But this year we have really come out swinging and we have proved why we are a championship organization.

It was great to see my brother Tony and the U.S. Army team led by Mike Green and Neal Strausbaugh dominate in order to get Tony’s 78th career win. What a number! The Army team posted low elapsed time in three out of four qualifying sessions and dominated on Sunday to get the win. Tony bettered his career best elapsed time numbers twice at Phoenix, including that impressive 3.720 lap to get the win. 

Matt Hagan and the Mopar team continued their impressive streak with yet another win. Their third in a row if you go back to the 2014 season finale at Pomona. Matt did the same as Tony by improving his career best times twice during the weekend and in the final round with that stunning 3.975 at 324 mph pass. Our PR team dug up the fact that the Mopar/Rocky Boots team is 26-3 in eliminations since the start of last year’s Countdown at Charlotte. Now that is impressive!

My favorite part of the weekend was seeing the teams react on the starting line. Matt’s crew chief, Dickie Venables, wins the award for the best reaction. The big sigh of relief was just perfect. Dickie, Mike Knudsen and that entire team are just doing an outstanding job right now and we couldn’t be prouder of that team.

 A few of our teams tested on Monday after Phoenix and Jack Beckman’s Infinite Hero team led by Jimmy Prock continues to get stronger, make more runs to the finish line and learn about the car. They had a very successful outing, running several 4,0-second laps and even dipped into the 3-second range. They will be turning on win lights very soon.

Antron Brown and Jack Beckman, along with a couple of crew members and their race cars, went to El Paso, Texas on Wednesday after Phoenix for Motorsports Career Day at Western Tech. We have had quite a few Western Tech students intern at DSR on race teams and in the fab shop. Antron and Jack spoke about career choices and enjoyed getting to see a few familiar faces of past interns.

For the first time since before Pomona all of the teams are back in the shop, servicing parts and pieces and getting ready to head south to Gainesville, Fla., for the third race of 2015.

As for me, I’ll be spending these off weeks in between races in sweet home snowy Chicago working at Schumacher Electric and keeping tabs on all of the happenings in Indy.

Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter to see what’s going on at DSR until we get back to the track. We’ll check back in soon. Oh and P.S., think spring!!

Thanks for reading.

Eyes on PhoenixWednesday, February 18, 2015
Posted by: Megan Schumacher, Don Schumacher Racing

Greetings NHRA.com readers! I’m happy to once again say… it’s race week! Those are my favorite kind of weeks, don’t you agree? Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for this one. I know everyone based in Indy is ready to get back to the warm weather and racing this weekend and I am too.

What a weekend in Pomona. It felt so good to be back at the race track. It was odd not to have Don there with us but he was staying up to date with everything via ESPN3, texts, and phone calls. I answered a lot of questions about how he is doing and he is still doing well and looking forward to being back at the race track soon. Thank you all for your well wishes via tweets and Facebook posts, it is very appreciated!

It was kind of a wild start for Matt Hagan’s team. On Friday night his engine suffered a big BOOM and he became the first driver to test out the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T in an engine explosion. The body stayed intact very well, but the fire was so hot it melted just about everything on the car – carbon fire, wiring – you name it. The team worked well into the night (morning!) to get the car ready for qualifying on Saturday.

It was very rewarding to see all of their hard work pay off and get four win lights on Sunday. DSR had a fantastic showing in Pomona with Matt and Ron Capps in the final and their Top Fuel teammate Antron Brown in the final round as well.

After not qualifying for Pomona, Jack and the Infinite Hero team traveled to Phoenix for a test session. It was a productive one for the team led by Jimmy Prock. They made four passes, gained valuable data and they are ready to get after it at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this weekend.

Quick little fun fact for you, as I was flying out of the LAX airport on Sunday night after the race, Kim Kardashian and Kayne West and their daughter strolled right by me, they were still in their black-tie outfits straight from the Grammy’s! I wasn’t aware you were supposed to wear your gown to the airport so I guess I’m going to have to step it up in the future! LOL!

Back to our own stars now….Antron Brown escaped the cold a few days early and has been down in Orlando for the annual Matco Tools Expo where he debuted the 2015 Matco Tools scheme with more than 1,400 names of Matco distributors on the car. It is a beautiful car and I can’t wait to see it on track this weekend. He also did a Twitter takeover on the Matco Tools account where we learned that he would rather vacuum than wash dishes, his favorite movie is Gladiator and if he could do a ride swap with anyone in motorsports it would be Lewis Hamilton.  That Antron…never a dull moment!

If you follow me on social media you saw that I spent my Valentine’s weekend with my family, my boyfriend Chad and our close family friends the Brown’s celebrating the wedding of Courtney and Aaron. It was a beautiful wedding and we had such a great time.

That’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated with all the happenings from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Twitter (@MeganFessSchu and @Shoeracing).

Let’s go get a couple more Wallys!
 

California, here we comeFriday, January 30, 2015
Posted by: Megan Schumacher, Don Schumacher Racing

Greetings NHRA.com readers! This is it! This is time next week, we’ll smell the nitro, be covered in tire rubber and enjoying every bit the NHRA season opener at Pomona. The offseason has really flown by but I think we are all ready to get the season going and defend our Top Fuel and Funny Car titles.

The DSR shop has been non-stop since everyone returned from testing. Every aspect of DSR has put in the extra hours the last couple of weeks. The machine shop, fab shop, graphics team and all of the crew guys have been burning the midnight oil But I am happy to say that the final touches have been put on all of our cars, the haulers are wrapped and we even got a couple new Freightliner trucks to cruise down the road this year. There would be no better reward for all of their hard work than getting the Funny Car and Top Fuel trophies right off the bat at Pomona.

Let’s do a quick recap on testing. It was kind of hit or miss for some of our teams but all of our crew chiefs came back to the shop in Brownsburg with more knowledge and a set plan to start off the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello season, so all in all, it was a successful test.

For me, I’ve been working with the amazing folks at Make-A-Wish, Terry Chandler and our Brownsburg-based team on getting everything planned out to make this another special season for the Wish Kids that will join us at events across the country.

Between that and the day to day work with Red Fuel and Schumacher Electric, it has been pretty busy for me as well. I’m looking forward to this Super Bowl weekend where I will spend it in Florida with my mom and Don. I must admit, I might be more excited about the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet than I am the Super Bowl…. Just maybe. Be sure to tweet me @MeganFessSchu on Sunday and let me know your pick for the Super Bowl!

In the middle of all of the hustle and bustle, we did take some time in the last week to do some fun things. Last Saturday, we hosted the Pack 377 Pinewood Derby in our shop. It adds a little extra excitement for the kids to be racing their cars amidst our Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars. Congratulations to Aden Craig for winning 1st place overall. It really looked like everyone had a lot of fun!

Then on Thursday, Antron Brown pulled off a special surprise for Hunter. Hunter wanted see the DSR shop and meet Antron for his 5th birthday and that’s exactly what he got. Hunter showed up and Antron surprised him, took him all over our shop, introduced him to the Matco Tools team and I’m pretty sure Hunter left with a few extra birthday gifts from Antron. What a fun experience for him! He was speechless.

That’s been our week, so that’s all for now. I’ll be back to recap all the happenings in Pomona. Hope to see you all at the season opener. We’re ready! Are you?
 

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